Corinthians are one of the best sides in Brazil but their recent displays have been nothing short of shambolic. They've not won for seven consecutive games with three draws and four defeats along the way. They've failed to beat a resilient Botafogo at home during their three homes games, which I can just about accept on a bad day, but to fail to beat two atrocious sides - Ceara and Atletico Goianiense - at home and even lose to their latter whilst leaking six goals along the way is simply unacceptable and totally uncharacteristic. Corinthians have lost their confidence and they look very susceptible without it as their success stems from their defence and their defence is where they're most vulnerable at the moment so I really don't fancy them to beat anyone currently. They've failed two score for two consecutive games, which robs them of their potency, so they look a very broken side at the moment.
With the above in mind, the last side anyone would possibly want to face in Brazil at the moment is Palmeiras as they're the only side in Serie A currently that are relishing the end-of-season run-in as they're playing the best football that they've played all season. That's due in no small part to "Big Phil" Scolari but irrespective of what causes it, Palmeiras are looking bloody good. The only side to beat them in their last thirteen consecutive games in all competitions was a fortuitous Sao Paulo side so I don't think Corinthians are going to enjoy this game one iota. Palmeiras are buoyant following their Copa Sudamericana success and although they don't score many goals in general, the pace of Kleber and Ewerton in attack should cause plenty of problems for a demoralised Corinthians side that has to attack in this game. It's great to see Chilean magician Jorge Valdivia pulling the strings in this Scolari side because he's such a good playmaker and Palmeiras are finally benefiting from it under Scolari. Palmeiras have not looked better this season than they do now and with their ever-present ability to frustrate sides on the road in Serie A (just two defeats in fifteen away games this season, which is by far the best record in the division) I really fancy Palmeiras to cause an upset tonight.
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