Collect News Data
Jul 25, 2021 at 8pm UK
Sao PauloSao Paulo
Henrique (70', 72', 77'), Henrique (86'), Welington (90+2' og.)
Caio (53'), Arao (54'), Luis (62')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Arboleda (48')
Welington (32'), Reinaldo (40'), Marquinhos (62'), Rigoni (83'), Vinicius (85'), Benitez (90+10'), Benitez (90+10')

Preview: Flamengo vs. Sao Paulo - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Flamengo vs. Sao Paulo - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Brasileiro clash between Flamengo and Sao Paulo, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

Last season's Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A champions Flamengo will be looking to close in on a place in the top four when they host Sao Paulo on Sunday.

The two teams head into this fixture after successfully progressing into the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores, after both overcoming Argentinian opposition.

Match preview

Flamengo's hopes of winning the Copa Libertadores for the second time in three years remain alive, as they cruised to a 4-1 victory in their last-16 second-leg tie against Defensa y Justicia on Thursday, winning 5-1 on aggregate.

Rodrigo Caio's ninth-minute strike was followed by second-half goals from Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Vitinho, with the latter scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to book Flamengo's place in the quarter-finals.

Since the arrival of head coach Renato Gaucho, the Scarlet-Black's form has improved significantly. In a two and a half week period between the end of June and the beginning of July, Flamengo lost four league matches out of six. Since then, they have won each of their last four games across all competitions, scoring 12 goals in the process, with three of these victories under Gaucho's tenure.

This includes an impressive 5-0 thrashing away at Bahia last weekend, a result which greatly improved their goal difference and saw them rise up to sixth in the Brasileiro standings.

Last season's league champions lost both encounters with Sao Paulo last season, though they will fancy their chances of getting revenge on Sunday and a win could see them move to within three points of the top four.

Like Flamengo, Sao Paulo also progressed into the last eight of the Copa Libertadores, when they beat Racing Club 3-1 in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Thursday, winning 4-2 on aggregate.

The Tricolor Paulista failed to beat the Argentinian outfit in their previous three attempts during this year's competition, but a brace from Emiliano Rigoni and a strike from Marquinhos ensured they came out on top this time around, to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in six years.

Hernan Crespo's men now turn their attention back to the Brasileiro, where they have struggled so far this campaign. Another defeat in their last league match, at home to Fortaleza, leaves Sao Paulo one point above the relegation zone, with just two wins from 12 matches on the board.

They can, however, take confidence into Sunday's game as they have an impressive record against Flamengo, winning six and drawing three of the last nine meetings against them across all competitions.

Sao Paulo have only won once in the league on the road this term, but a victory this weekend would provide a massive boost for Crespo's men who could climb as high as 12th in the table.

Flamengo Brasileiro form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

Flamengo form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Sao Paulo Brasileiro form:
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

Sao Paulo form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W

Team News

Flamengo duo Piris Da Motta and Cesar remain unavailable for selection as they are suffering with respective ankle and knee injuries.

Gaucho is unlikely to make too many changes from the side that won on Thursday, which could see Everton Ribeiro and Bruno Henrique keep their places on the flanks.

Midfielders Willian Arao and Diego could also start again, though Joao Gomes and Thiago Maia will be looking to force their way back into the first XI.

As for Sao Paulo, they will be without Eder (thigh), William da Silva (knee), Luciano (thigh) and Walce (knee) due to injury.

Dani Alves is also unavailable as he is with the Brazilian national team in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

Centre-back Bruno Alves could return to the starting lineup at the expense of Robert Arboleda, while Marquinhos and Rigoni are set to keep their places in attack, after scoring in midweek.

Flamengo possible starting lineup:
Alves; Isla, G. Henrique, Pereira, Luis; Arao, Diego; Ribeiro, De Arrascaeta, B. Henrique; Barbosa

Sao Paulo possible starting lineup:
Volpi; B. Alves, Miranda, Leo; Vinicius, Liziero, Welington, Sara, Benitez; Marquinhos, Rigoni

We say: Flamengo 1-0 Sao Paulo

Flamengo have seemingly found their form at the right time and will be hoping to continue their good run with another victory on Sunday.

Sao Paulo have also improved in recent weeks, however we can see the hosts securing a narrow win, which would be their first against the visitors in over four years.

Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home/Away:data

body check tags ::

amp_article__456700 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2021-07-23 19:20:21:
html db last update - 2021-07-23 19:17:40 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!

This page is available in multiple languages
Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Brasileiro Table
1Atletico Mineiro21144332131946
9Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR219392926330
12Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO216961720-327
13Sao Paulo226971823-527
15America MineiroAmerica Mineiro225981924-524
19Sport RecifeSport223811819-1117
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
2Manchester CityMan City64111211113
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd6411135813
6Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton540174312
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham6321138511
8Aston Villa631297210
11Tottenham HotspurSpurs630349-59
13Leicester CityLeicester6213710-37
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves620435-26
15Crystal Palace512258-35
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle6033714-73
18Leeds UnitedLeeds6033614-83
20Norwich CityNorwich6006216-140
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.