Corinthians have a new selection issue as Fágner is suspended, which represents a defensive setback given the player’s quality. Príncipe, who recently recovered from injury, is expected to replace him. On a brighter note, Romero returns and will replace Clayson, which represents a slight attacking upgrade. With a full week to prepare for this game, they will deploy their strongest lineup available. They are in an excellent mood on the back of 3 consecutive league wins, the last one at home in a tight contest, where they had a great defensive performance. The win is their main goal for this game as a draw would be seen as a disappointment. Hence, they’ll assume the initiative with their usual balanced approach and will be willing to take risks to grab the win if the scores are level late on.
Ponte Preta have no new selection issues and welcome back Rodrigo, Cajá and Sheik, who return from suspension. This represents a quality improvement, both from an attacking and defensive perspective with Kadu, Melo and Lins dropping to the bench. Moreover, Paraíba and Elton, who stayed on the bench last weekend due to accumulated fatigue, are also expected to start which is a further improvement. Ponte Preta are still in great spirits, despite coming from a slightly disappointing away draw in a tight contest, where they were unable to create much up front. A draw would be seen as a great result in this game, given their opponents’ quality. As so, they’ll deploy a cautious and reactive approach and are not expected to take risks throughout the game unless they find themselves trailing.
Verdict & Prediction
Corinthians are in an excellent mood for this game, coming from three consecutive wins, the last one at home where they had a great defensive performance once again. Corinthians are enjoying an amazing season start as they currently top the table with a 7-point advantage and are the only unbeaten team in Serie A.
Prediction: Corinthians -0.75 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.85 at Pinnacle and SBOBET