Fluminense vs Sao Paulo Match Analysis & Prediction
23/11/2023 3:30 am
Fluminense host Sao Paulo at Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho on Thursday morning looking for a crucial victory at the back end of the Brasileiro Serie A season.
Just one point separate these two sides in the standings, the eighth and 10th-placed teams having one game in hand on some of the clubs above them.
On the back of winning the Copa Libertadores at the start of the month, the remainder of the campaign may be somewhat of a blur for Fluminense with qualification for that competition having already been achieved for 2024.
However, Fernando Diniz will want to extend their recent resurgence as long as possible, the current three-game unbeaten run their longest since the end of August and early September.
With four points separating them from seventh-placed Athletico Paranaense, achieving that spot is in their sights, and they head into this contest having most recently earned a 1-1 draw at Flamengo, who hold sixth position.
Like their hosts, Sao Paulo have already qualified for next season’s Copa Libertadores, a result of winning the 2023 Copa do Brasil.
However, there will be a desire to continue with their recent form, Sao Paulo having put together a run of four matches without defeat in the league.
In between away draws at Athletico Paranaense and Santos, Dorival Junior has overseen 1-0 wins against Cruzeiro and RB Bragantino respectively.
Fluminense vs. Sao Paulo Head to head
In the 48 previous meetings between these two teams, Fluminense have claimed 17 victories while Sao Paulo have won 18, and they have drawn in 13. Sao Paulo have scored 61 goals and conceded 62 in the process.
30/05/2021Sao Paulo0Fluminense0Serie A
13/09/2021Fluminense2Sao Paulo1Serie A
17/07/2022Sao Paulo2Fluminense2Serie A
05/11/2022Fluminense3Sao Paulo1Serie A
01/07/2023Sao Paulo1Fluminense0Serie A
Fluminense Team News
Diniz will be forced into making at least one change due to Nino’s dismissal at Flamengo, but the defender is also on international duty with Brazil.
Veteran defender David Braz may be brought into the centre of defence, but it is plausible that the rest of the side could stay the same.
Fluminense's Last 5 Matches
29/10/2023Atletico Mineiro2Fluminense0Serie A
04/11/2023Boca Juniors1Fluminense2(E)CONMEBOL Libertadores
Sao Paulo Team News
Minimal alterations are expected to be made to the Sao Paulo starting XI, their selection already hit by several international call-ups.
Nahuel Ferraresi, Robert Arboleda and James Rodriguez are all absent, with Alan Franco potentially in line to replace Arboleda in the middle of the backline.
Sao Paulo's Last 5 Matches
26/10/2023Palmeiras5Sao Paulo0Serie A
29/10/2023Athletico Paranaense1Sao Paulo1Serie A
03/11/2023Sao Paulo1Cruzeiro0Serie A
09/11/2023Sao Paulo1RB Bragantino0Serie A
13/11/2023Santos0Sao Paulo0Serie A
Fluminense vs. Sao Paulo: Odds and Predictions
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