Sao Paulo will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the Brazilian Serie A table when they welcome Santos at the Estadio do Morumbi on Sunday at 7pm (UK time).
Fernando Diniz’s side find themselves six points clear at the top of the table, but their recent form hasn’t been great. They have won just one of their last four competitive games and come into this clash on the back of an embarrassing 4-2 away loss at Bragantino, having also been knocked out of the Copa do Brasil at the hands of Gremio.
However, on home soil they have been playing a completely different game, currently on a 19-game unbeaten run across all competitions, keeping five clean sheets in their past six competitive matches at the Estadio do Morumbi. In addition, Sao Paulo have won four of their past five home meetings with Santos across all competitions.
On the flip side, Santos have endured a poor run of form over the past two months, winning just one in their last eight competitive games. They are currently winless in three games across all competitions, which includes a goalless draw at Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores in midweek. The most worrying thing for Santos is that they have been terrible on the road and now travel to the second-best home team in the division. Santos have only won once in their last nine competitive trips and their most recent away victory in the Serie A was a narrow 2-1 success at Coritiba back in October.
Can Sao Paulo extend their unbeaten home streak to 20 games? Or will Santos secure their first away win in the Serie A in three months?
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Sao Paulo and Santos’s previous line-ups:
- Sao Paulo (vs Bragantino): Volpi; Igor Vinicius, Diego, B Alves, Reinaldo; Igor Gomes, Tche Tche, D Alves, Sara; Bueno, Brenner.
- Santos (vs Boca Juniors): John; Para, Lucas Verissimo, Peres, Felipe Jonatan; Pituca, Alison; Marinho, Soteldo, Lucas Braga; Kaio Jorge.
Sao Paulo will be without several injured players for this clash and here we would like to mention the likes of Walce, Liziero, Luciano and Pablo. In addition, Tche Tche picked up a red card last time out against Bragantino so he won’t be able to play here.
Meanwhile, Santos won’t be able to count on Raniel, Carlos Sanchez, Para and Vladimir, all of whom are still on the sidelines with injuries.