Sao Paulo – Cruzeiro SOCCER PICKS
São Paulo and Cruzeiro meet at Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (Morumbi), in a match for the 35th round of Serie A. In the last direct match for this edition of the league, on 29-07-2018, São Paulo won out by (0-2). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 5 wins and 1 loss in the last 6 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 13-08-2017, in a match for the Serie A that ended with the victory of São Paulo by (3-2). The goals of the match were scored by Hernanes (45 ‘and 82’) and R. Arboleda (71 ‘), for São Paulo, and Sassá (51’ and 57 ‘), for Cruzeiro.
The home team is currently in the 5 th position of the league, with 59 points won, after 15 wins, 14 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Corinthians, by (1-1). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Grêmio, by (1-1). In the last 10 home league matches São Paulo has won 4, tied 5 and lost 1, for which they have won 17 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (8 out of 17 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 34 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 9 times and only managed 1 comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 17 home matches for this competition: they have suffered 5 of their 13 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
São Paulo won another draw in the last round, the fifth in the last 10 games, and need to rediscover the path of victories, as they are fighting for the direct qualification for the group stage of the next Copa Libertadores. The local team has a good balance between the offensive and defensive sectors, scored 45 goals, being the sixth best attack of the competition, and suffered 31 goals, having the sixth strongest defense, but in the last rounds has been creating few scoring opportunities and he needs to play a bit more aggressively in this final part. In its stadium, the São Paulo does not win 5 games ago, being tied 4 of them, so much that it is the second team with more draws at home, with 7 draws in 17 games, and it should be noted that 8 of the last 9 games in this type of situation they had a maximum of 2 goals on the scoreboard. For the clash with Cruzeiro, coach André Jardine must repeat the alignment of the last day.
After 13 wins, 10 draws and 11 losses, the away team is currently in the 7 th position of the league, with 49 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Atlético PR, by (2-0). In the last match, they won in a home match against Corinthians, by (1-0). For the championship, Cruzeiro have won 7 points out of 30 possible points, after 1 win, 4 draws and 5 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (10 out of 17 matches). Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since in 15 of the last 17 matches they played there were less than 3 goals. In 34 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 18 times and only managed 3 comebacks.
The Cruzeiro reaches this final part without great goals, since it has no chance of winning the title and has already won the qualification for the Copa Libertadores through the title of the Brazilian Cup. The visiting team has a defense of good quality, which suffered 31 goals and is the fifth strongest of the competition, while the offensive sector, despite having several quality players, has performed well below expectations, because scored only 31 goals, having the fourth worst attack of the national championship, as it is a team that prioritizes not suffering goals to then attack. As a visitor, Cruzeiro has been playing poorly, winning only 1 of the last 12 games and it should be noted that he did not score goals in 6 of them, showing again the low efficiency of his attack. For the game against São Paulo, coach Mano Menezes must repeat the line-up of the last game, in which he beat Corinthians.