Sao Paulo vs. Ceara Match Analysis and Prediction

Sao Paulo will play host to Ceara at the CíceroPompeu de Toledo Stadium on Wednesday in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana quarterfinal tie after both sides cruised through to the quarter-finals in style last month. Kickoff set for August 4, 2022 01:15 EAT.

The home side currently sit at the top of Group D standings with 16points from 6 games played. Four wins and only one draw has been recorded in their last five fixtures. Of the six games played, five wins and only one draw has been recorded. They’ve been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 11 goals on the way.

Rogério Ceni’s men will be hoping for a better result here following a 1-0 Serie A loss in their previous game against Atletico PR.In that game, São Paulo had 60% possession, 12 shots with 2 of them on target. Atletico PR had 10 shots with 4 of them on target and a goal scored by Vitor Bueno (69′).

The visitors currently sit on the top of Group G standings with 18 points from 6 matches. In their last five fixtures, they recorded all wins. Of the 6 games played, they won in each of them. They’ve seen their efforts on goal rewarded a total of 7 times thus yielding them the goals scored per game average of 1.17.

Marquinhos Santos’s side will be aiming to make amends here following on a 1-2 loss in their last game against Palmeiras in Serie A competition. In that game, Ceará had 47% possession, 12 shots with 7 of them on target and a goal scored by Stiven Mendoza (80′). Palmeiras got 16 shots with 7 of them on target and goals scored by Dudu (31′) and José Manuel López (45′).

Sao Paulo vs. Ceara head-to-head

There have been 17 encounters between these two teams since 2017; Sao Paulo managed 7 wins while Ceara has 3wins and 7 games ended all square.

  • Sao Paulo 2-2 Ceara29/05/22
  • Sao Paulo 1-1 Ceara15/10/21
  • Ceara 1-1 Sao Paulo28/06/21
  • Sao Paulo 1-1 Ceara11/02/21     
  • Ceara 1-1 Sao Paulo26/11/20

Home

  • Paranaense 1-0 Sao Paulo
  • Sao Paulo 1-0 America FC MG
  • Sao Paulo 3-3 Goias
  • Internacional 3-3 Sao Paulo
  • Sao Paulo 2-2 Fluminense

Away

  • Ceara 1-2 Palmeiras
  • Juventude RS 1-0 Ceara
  • Ceara 1-0 Avai
  • Ceara 3-1 Corinthians
  • Ceara 1-0 Fortaleza

São Paulo team news

RogérioCeni will miss the services of André Anderson, Walce, Patrick, Robert Arboleda, Caio, Luan, Jandrei and Reinaldo due to injuries.

Ceara team news

Marquinhos Santos will have a fully fit squad ahead of this fixture.

Prediction and Odds

Sao Paulo have shown solidity on home turf this season, losing just two home games all year and will fancy their chances ahead of this one while Ceara have struggled for results on the road of late and could lose here.

  • Sao Paulo win
  • Both teams to score
  • Goals over 2.5

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