14/7: Daily Predictions: Rivals Palmeiras and Sao Paulo meet in Copa do Brasil quarters 

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Football Predictions

After winning the first leg a week ago, Sao Paulo entertains rivals Palmeiras in the second leg of the Copa do Brasil quarterfinal on Thursday night.

A place in the semis awaits the aggregate winner with Palmeiras hoping that they can turn the deficit and keep alive hopes of winning the Copa title for the first time since 2020. This is a contrast with Sao Paulo who are yet to taste success in the competition.

Palmeiras arrive in the game on a back of some disappointing form after remaining winless in their last five domestic matches following their draw against Flamengo in their last outing. The outing means that they have only collected two points from a possible 12.

H2H/Stats

The two sides met in the cup last season in very similar circumstances with Sao Paulo leading 1-0 from a home first leg, and they would go on to progress from the last 16 via a penalty shootout after Palmeiras won 2-1 in normal time.

The last domestic encounter Palmeiras won came against Sao Paulo early last month in the league, but even then that might not be enough, as was proved in last season’s cup clash.

Overally, both teams have met 89 times with Palmeiras winning 24 games to Sao Paulo’s 22. 23 matches ended in a draw.

Team News

Palmeiras will miss the services of Rafael Navarro who completed a loan move to MLS side Colorado Rapids this week. Midfielder Ze Rafael and Colombian Eduard Atuesta were also absent with injuries in their last outing so it remains to be seen if they’ll be fit for the Cup game.

After scoring the winning goal in the first leg, Sao Paulo’s veteran full-back Rafinha missed the weekend draw with Bragantino. The 37-year-old joined a long list of injury absentees, who are all expected to miss out again here. Giuliano Galoppo and Talles Costa are out in midfield, while defenders Igor Vinicius and Wellington join Erison on the sidelines.

Probable Line Ups

Palmeiras XI: Weverton; Mayke, Gomez, Murilo, Piquerez; Richard Rios, Luan, Gabriel Menino, Raphael Veiga; Dudu, Artur

Sao Paulo XI: Rafael; Nathan Mendes, Arboleda, Franco, Caio Paulista; Pablo Maia, Gabriel Neves, Luciano; Wellington Rato, Calleri, Rodrigo Nestor

Verdict

This match will be a close call considering what is at stake. Both teams see this as an opportunity to increase their silverware chances and despite Sao Paulo winning the first leg, Palmeiras might feel that they can overturn the deficit in this tie and even send the game to penalties.

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