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Jun 14, 2021 at 12.30am UK
BahiaBahia
0-1
InternacionalInternacional

Teixeira (30'), Guedes Borges (40'), Eduardo Cavalcanti (45+1'), Bahia (49'), Anderson (90+2')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Edenilson (31' pen.)
Heitor (43'), Alberto (48'), Taison (70'), Borges da Silva (80')
Ribeiro (53')

Preview: Bahia vs. Internacional - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Bahia vs. Internacional - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Brasileiro clash between Bahia and Internacional, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Internacional travel north to Salvador on Sunday when they face Bahia at the Itaipava Fonte Nova Arena.

Overshadowed somewhat by the Copa America, Bahia will be looking to keep their good domestic form going against a hard-to-predict Internacional.


Match preview

Bahia opened the season in style by defeating last season's Copa Libertadores runners-up Santos by three goals to nil. Thaciano scored twice in two minutes early in the second half and central defender Juninho made it 3-0 after seven second-half minutes.

Luis Cavalcanti's side faced Red Bull Bragantino, going well in the Copa Sudamericana, in their second Serie A match and came away with a point after a thrilling 3-3 tie.

Gilberto led the line once again and scored two of Bahia's goals ensuring they remain unbeaten in Serie A to date.

With their Copa Sudamericana run ending in the group stages, Bahia will turn their attention back to their league campaign, keen to ensure they are in a position to qualify for continental football once again next season.

Internacional opened their season with a 2-2 draw at home to Sport Recife, when a penalty from Edenilson and a Rodrigo Lindoso goal gave Internacional a two-goal lead in the first half, only for Sport Recife to hit back in the second, levelling the match in the 86th minute.

Spanish manager Miguel Angel Ramirez has taken the Brazilian side into the knockout rounds of the Copa Libertadores and is performing well in only his third season of senior management.

Their previous Serie A match saw them capitulate against Fortaleza, losing 5-1 with two players being dismissed. Central defender Pedro Henrique was sent off just before half time with Internacional trailing by one goal to nil.

Fortaleza made it four after 55 minutes before a consolation goal from Bruno Praxedes, though Wellington Paulista made it five in the 86th minute. Vitor Hugo was the other player to be dismissed for Internacional, though as an unused substitute, his side finished with 10 men on the field.

There have been highs and lows for Ramirez already this season and he will be looking to bring consistency to this talented side.

Bahia Brasileiro form:
  • W
  • D

Bahia form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Internacional Brasileiro form:
  • D
  • L

Internacional form (all competitions):
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L

Team News

With the Copa America due to commence on Sunday June 13, clubs across Brazil will have to manage with some players representing their national sides.

Bahia will be lucky enough to have no players away on international duty, and Cavalcanti has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Internacional also have no players leaving for the Copa America after Paolo Guerrero's surprise exclusion from the Peru national side, although he has only just returned from a long injury layoff so will be unlikely to start.

Gabriel Boschilia and Rodrigo Moledo remain absent through injury and Pedro Henrique and Vitor Hugo will be suspended following their dismissals against Fortaleza.

Bahia possible starting lineup:
Claus; Guedes, Conti, Otavio, Bahia; De Lucca, Rossi, Galdezani, Thaciano, Rodriguinho; Gilberto

Internacional possible starting lineup:
Lomba; Saravia, Ribeiro, Cuesta, Moises; Lindoso, Vidal, Edenilson, Taison, Patrick; Alberto


We say: Bahia 2-0 Internacional

Bahia have had a tough start to the season on paper and remain unbeaten. Their ability against these sides has shown their intent going in to the new season and on current form we can see them collecting another three points at home.



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1PalmeirasPalmeiras14102225121332
2Atletico Mineiro14101321101131
3FortalezaFortaleza1483322121027
4BragantinoBragantino147612516927
5FlamengoFlamengo1280425111424
6Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR137242115623
7CearaCeara145721713422
8SantosSantos145451616019
9Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO145451215-319
10Bahia145271823-517
11Corinthians144551214-217
12Fluminense134541012-217
13JuventudeJuventude13445914-516
14InternacionalInternacional143651218-615
15Sport RecifeSport14356811-314
16Cuiaba132741316-313
17Sao Paulo14266917-812
18America MineiroAmerica Mineiro142571119-811
19Gremio12147614-87
20ChapecoenseChapecoense1404101125-144
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