Internacional vs Sao Paulo Match Analysis & Prediction
14/09/2023 3:30 am
Internacional will take on Sao Paulo at the Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda on Thursday morning, in the latest round of Brasileiro Serie A fixtures.
The hosts are currently 14th in the table, just two points behind 11th-placed Sao Paulo, who they will leapfrog in the standings if they secure a victory here.
With just over a third of the Serie A season still to play, Internacional are in with a chance of finishing in the top 12, which would grant them qualification to the group stages of next season’s Copa Sudamericana.
Eduardo Coudet’s side are now without a goal in their last three league matches, playing out goalless draws in their last two, but the Copa Libertadores has been a very welcome distraction.
After beating Bolivar 3-0 over two leags, Internacional are now through to the semi-final of the Libertadores, with an away trip to Fluminense awaiting at the end of the month.
Sao Paulo have not fared quite as well in the cup competitions, recently exiting the Copa Sudamericana at the quarter-final stage, after losing to Ecuadorian side LDU Quito over two legs.
The Tricolor Paulista’s recent form has been very underwhelming in general, winning just one of their last six matches, but they still remain in the top 12, and just eight points off the top six, with a game in hand.
Dorival Junior’s side have picked up three points from their last five matches, but they have managed to come out on top in the majority of the recent game between these two sides, which could have a bearing on Thursday’s result.
Internacional vs. Sao Paulo Head to head
In the 50 previous meetings between these two teams, Internacional have claimed 17 victories while Sao Paulo have won 18, and they have drawn in 15. Sao Paulo have scored 63 goals and conceded 60 in the process.
08/07/2021Internacional0Sao Paulo2Serie A
01/11/2021Sao Paulo1Internacional0Serie A
21/07/2022Internacional3Sao Paulo3Serie A
09/11/2022Sao Paulo0Internacional1Serie A
07/05/2023Sao Paulo2Internacional0Serie A
Internacional Team News
Internacional will be without long-term absentee Dalbert, with the defender still missing due to a knee injury, but Coudet otherwise has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
The only other players missing are Rodrigo Moledo and Luiz Adriano, who both miss out through suspension, and the latter’s absence means Enner Valencia is set to lead the line for the hosts.
Internacional's Last 5 Matches
Sao Paulo Team News
Sao Paulo have a few more players sidelined, with Erison unavailable due to a muscle injury, while Patryck misses out through an ankle injury.
A long-term knee injury means Giuliano Galoppo will not be involved on Thursday, while Caio Paulista is making progress towards a return from injury, but is unlikely to get any minutes here.
Sao Paulo's Last 5 Matches
17/08/2023Sao Paulo2Corinthians0Copa do Brasil
19/08/2023Sao Paulo0Botafogo0Serie A
25/08/2023LDU Quito2Sao Paulo1CONMEBOL Sudamericana
27/08/2023America Mineiro2Sao Paulo1Serie A
01/09/2023Sao Paulo1LDU Quito0(P)CONMEBOL Sudamericana
Internacional vs. Sao Paulo: Odds and Predictions
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