Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 10 Preview

Atlético Mineiro x Internacional
Vitória x Goiás
São Paulo x Prudente
Flamengo x Avaí
Atlético Paranaense x Santos
Grêmio x Vasco da Gama
Atlético Goianiense x Corinthians
Fluminense x Cruzeiro
Guarani x Ceará
Palmeiras x Botafogo

Internacional are one of three teams to have hit the ground running since the break and they entertain an Atlético-MG side that has only won one of their last 5 games. With a Libertadores semi-final looming at the end of the month Inter need to push on and keep this form up if they are to have any chance. Atlético-MG on the other hand are only one place out of the relegation zone and desperately need to kick start their season. Vitória have a cup final on their mind and their 3-2 win over São Paulo at weekend left them unbeaten in their last three games. After going into the break as the form club, Goiás have picked up a single point from two games as they look to rediscover their form. São Paulo are one of four teams without a win since the break and entertain a Prudente side in confident mode after victory over Grêmio at the weekend.

Fifth play sixth at the Maracanã as Flamengo entertain Avaí. The Rubro-Negro have surprised most of the pundits by winning both games since the break despite a lack of firepower up front. Avaí are also 100% since the break after wins over São Paulo and Palmeiras so something has to give on wednesday night. Santos are surprisingly one of the four teams without a point since the break, Atlético-PR are also 0 from 2 but you have to favour the Paulista champions to get their campaign back on the road, especially with the cup final looming on the horizon. The still travel sick Grêmio are back at the Fortress as they entertain Vasco da Gama. Vasco are still in the relegation zone despite victory at the weekend but not many teams take points from Monumental and you have to fancy the home side. Bottom v Top at the Serra Dourada as Atlético-GO entertain a Corinthians side which struggled to see off Atlético-MG at the weekend but are now the only unbeaten team in the league. Atlético-GO have scored the least goals so far this season and Corinthians are joint top scorers so the wise money would be on them.

Thursday sees an in form Cruzeiro take on Fluminense at the Maracanã. Two victories on the spin have seen Cruzeiro climb to fourth and a great win at Santos at the weekend saw Fluminense into second. It was a smash and grab win from Fluminense at the weekend but they will need to be on their guard if they are to keep the pressure on at the top of the table. Two of the promoted sides clash as Guarani entertain a Ceará side that lost it's unbeaten record at Inter at the weekend. Guarani picked a point at the Engenhão at the weekend but the remain five places behing Ceará in the league at the moment. Botafogo haven't won in five games and it's becoming a concern now for Joel Santanta, who quickly needs to turn fortunes around. Palmeiras came unstuck at Avaí at the weekend and need to stop being inconsistent as they have won three, drawn three and lost three of their games so far this season.

A round up will hopefully appear on Friday, subject to other committments.

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