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The Serie A fixture at Estádio do Maracanã on Thursday sees home side Fluminense take to the field against São Paulo.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Fluminense v São Paulo can be found here (including the best match odds).
Fluminense head into this match after a 1-1 Serie A stalemate versus Flamengo.
In that game, Fluminense managed 58% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Fluminense was Yony González (62'). Flamengo had 11 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Giorgian de Arrascaeta (45') was the scorer for Flamengo.
It has been all too rare in recent times where Fluminense have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Fluminense have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 8 goals in the process.
In their last game, São Paulo drew 0-0 in the Serie A match with Santos.
In that game, São Paulo managed 70% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 3 on target. For their opponents, Santos had 11 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target.
The trend of at least one team not managing to score in games involving São Paulo has been noticeable recently. Examining their last six outings shows that it’s happened 5 times. In these clashes, their opponents have hit a goal total of 6 while São Paulo have scored 6. That trend isn’t assured to be sustained into this next game, however.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels dating back to 27/12/2020, both clubs have shared the honours with Fluminense winning 2 of those games, São Paulo 2 and 2 being drawn in normal time.
In all, 15 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 8 of them for Tricolor and 7 netted by Tricolor Paulista. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.5.
The last league contest featuring these clubs was Serie A match day 13 on 01/07/2023 which ended up with the score at São Paulo 1-0 Fluminense.
In that game, São Paulo managed 55% possession and 21 shots at goal with 4 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Luciano (87').
For their opponents, Fluminense got 4 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The referee was Anderson Daronco.
Team News: Fluminense
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Fluminense boss Fernando Diniz to contend with thanks to an otherwise robust set of players. Jorge (Cruciate ligament tear) will miss out.
In our view, Tricolor may well make use of the 4-2-3-1 system this time, beginning the first half with Fabio, Samuel Xavier, David Braz, Thiago Santos, Marcelo, Vinicius Lima, Martinelli, Ganso, Alexsander Gomes, Yony Gonzalez and German Cano.
Team News: São Paulo
São Paulo boss Dorival Júnior has to choose a team with limited availability. Alexandre Pato (muscular problems), Marcos Paulo (Ligament injury), Jonathan Calleri (Injury to the ankle) and Rodrigo Nestor (Knee injury) miss out here.
From our viewpoint, Tricolor Paulista appear most likely to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, starting the game with Rafael, Rafinha, Diego, Lucas Beraldo, Welington, David, Alisson, Luciano Neves, Gabriel Neves, Pablo Maia and Juan.
We’re of the opinion that São Paulo have it within them to put a goal past this Fluminense outfit, however it is unlikely to be enough to avoid defeat.
Our tip is for a narrow 2-1 victory for Fluminense when the full-time whistle blows. Let’s see what happens here.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã (78,838)
Captain: Marcilio Nino
Chairman: Mário Bittencourt
Manager: Fernando Diniz
Competitions: Serie A position 8, Copa Libertadores (Final)
🔑 Key Player: Lima
Mostly taking up the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Lima was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After having made a senior debut playing for Grêmio in the 2017 season, the gifted Midfielder has contributed 6 league goals in the Série A 2023 season so far in a total of 30 appearances.