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Ceará will be the visitors at Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo on Thursday for the Serie A showdown with home team São Paulo.
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São Paulo prepare for this fixture after a 0-0 Serie A stalemate against Cuiabá.
In that game, São Paulo had 65% possession and 9 shots on goal with 2 on target. Cuiabá got 15 attempts on goal with 6 on target.
Under three goals per game were seen in 5 of the last 6 meetings where São Paulo have taken part. Regarding the goal attribution during that period, opposing sides scored a total of 3 and São Paulo totted up 4.
Their prior results show that São Paulo:
- have not been beaten in the league by Ceará in their previous 9 matches. Quite a long unbeaten run against them.
- have left without a victory over Ceará in their last 4 matches in the league.
- haven’t won at home in the past 3 league matches.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Atlético Mineiro in Serie A competition, Ceará and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Ceará had 46% possession and 11 shots at goal with 5 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Ceará was Gabriel Lacerda (92'). Atlético Mineiro had 12 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Hulk (32', 45') and Diego Costa (87') scored for Atlético Mineiro.
The attacking players from Ceará have made hard work of scoring goals over their previous 6 games, recording the poor return of just 2. In those fixtures, Vovô have also seen the collective goal tally against them equal 7. Let’s find out whether or not that trend can be continued on in this game.
Coming into this fixture, Ceará have not won away from home in their last 11 league games. A poor run.
Head to head
A review of their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 26/08/2018 shows that São Paulo have won 2 of these and Ceará 0, with the tally of drawn matches being 4.
In all, 10 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 6 for Tricolor Paulista and 4 belonging to Vovô. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.67.
The last league contest featuring these clubs was Serie A match day 7 on 27/06/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Ceará 1-1 São Paulo.
That day, Ceará had 37% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Goals were scored by Jorginho (23') and Gabriel Dias (52' Own goal).
São Paulo got 10 attempts at goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Felipe Fernandes de Lima.
Team News: São Paulo
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just the sole fitness concern for the São Paulo gaffer Hernan Crespo to be concerned with thanks to an almost full-strength group of players. Walce (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out.
Team News: Ceará
Owing to an otherwise available squad, there’s only a single fitness worry for the Ceará manager Tiago Nunes to be concerned with. Vítor Jacaré (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be in action.
We believe that Ceará may find it difficult to hit the back of the net against this São Paulo outfit who we think will likely get the win and a maybe even keep a clean sheet as well.
That’s why we have predicted a 1-0 victory for São Paulo at the conclusion of the game.
Expecting it to be tight.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (72,039)
Captain: João Miranda
Chairman: Julio Casares
Manager: Hernan Crespo
Competitions: Serie A position 14
⭐ Key Player: Pablo
Regularly taking up the Left Wing position, Pablo was born in Londrina, Brazil. After having made a senior debut playing for Atletico PR in the 2011 season, the skilful Forward has hit 3 league goals in the Série A 2021 season to date coming from a total of 13 appearances.