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Aug 22, 2021 at 8pm UK at Arena da Baixada
Athletico PR
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Corinthians

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Heleno (90+1')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Roni (55')

Preview: Athletico Paranaense vs. Corinthians - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Brasileiro clash between Athletico Paranaense and Corinthians, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two Brasileiro sides struggling for form lock horns on Sunday evening, as Athletico Paranaense welcome Corinthians to the Arena da Baixada.

The hosts have won just one of their last seven league games, while the visitors have failed to win seven of their previous 10 matches.


Match preview

Athletico Paranaense's Vitinho celebrates scoring their third goal on May 28, 2021© Reuters

Athletico Paranaense progressed into the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana after coming from behind to beat LDU Quito 4-2 on Wednesday night, winning 4-3 on aggregate.

A brace each from Christian and Guilherme Bissoli helps keep the 2018 champions on course to claim their second crown in this competition, with a last-four clash against Penarol awaiting next month.

That victory for Antonio Oliveira's men was one of few triumphs they have been able to celebrate in recent weeks, as they have endured a poor domestic run of form.

Despite a strong start to their Brasileiro campaign – accumulating 19 points from their first nine games, which left them sitting two points off the summit – Paranaense have since suffered a major dip in form, losing four and drawing one of their next six matches, slipping 14 points behind league leaders Atletico Mineiro.

Paranaense, who are now in sixth place, face a Corinthians side who could leapfrog them into the top six if they were to win on Sunday.

The Furacao have failed to win any of their last four meetings against Corinthians, drawing and losing two games each, and another defeat this weekend would pile the pressure on Oliveira's shoulders.

Corinthians players huddle before the match on August 1, 2021© Reuters

A consistently inconsistent 2021 campaign for Corinthians has seen them stagnate in the Brazilian top flight, as they currently sit six points clear of the relegation zone and seven points behind the top four.

The Timao have won and lost five matches each as well as drawing six games so far this season, and they have a zero goal difference after scoring and conceding 15 goals each.

Following a 3-1 loss away at Flamengo and a goalless draw at home against Santos, the Timao claimed all three points with a 3-1 victory against Ceara last weekend, thanks to a first-half brace from Adson and a second-half strike from Renato Augusto.

That result was just the third time this campaign that Corinthians had scored more than once in a single game. Sylvinho's side will now prepare for a clash against Parananense, who they have scored at least twice against in three of their last four meetings, including an entertaining 3-3 draw in February.

A strong run of positive results is required if Corinthians are to push further up the table and better last year's 12th-place finish.

Athletico Paranaense Brasileiro form:
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Athletico Paranaense form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W

Corinthians Brasileiro form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W


Team News

Corinthians' Jo celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on May 27, 2021© Reuters

Athletico Paranaense will still be without Matheus Babi and Lucas Halter, as the pair continue to recover from respective knee and foot injuries.

After scoring a brace in midweek, Bissoli is set to keep his place up front as the lone striker ahead of Renato Kayzer, while Nikao, David Terans and Vitinho will likely provide support from attacking midfield roles.

As for Corinthians, they also have two players ruled out through injury, with midfielders Gustavo Mantuan and Ruan Oliveira set to miss the rest of this month with knee problems.

A back four of Fagner, Victor, Gil and Fabio Santos are all expected to start once again, shielding goalkeeper and club captain Cassio.

The Timao's top goalscorer Jo, who has netted four times so far this term, has failed to score in each of his last six league games, but the 34-year-old is set to keep his place up front, with wingers Adson and Gustavo Silva likely to join him in a three-man attack.

Athletico Paranaense possible starting lineup:
Santos; Marchino, Henrique, Helando, Abner; Richard, Christian; Nikao, Terans, Vitinho; Bissoli

Corinthians possible starting lineup:
Cassio; Fagner, Victor, Gil, Santos; Giuliano, Gabriel, Roni; Adson, Jo, Silva


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We say: Athletico Paranaense 1-1 Corinthians

Both Paranaense and Corinthians will be keen to put together a good run of form as they push for Copa Libertadores or Copa Sudamericana qualification. However, with little to separate these two sides, a score draw could be on cards at the Arena da Baixada.



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1Corinthians6411106413
2PalmeirasPalmeiras7331125712
3Atletico Mineiro7331117412
4SantosSantos7322105511
5Sao Paulo6321117411
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11America MineiroAmerica Mineiro63037709
12InternacionalInternacional62316609
13Fluminense62226608
14GoiasGoias7223710-38
15Cuiaba621358-37
16Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO7133510-56
17Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR620438-56
18JuventudeJuventude7133713-66
19CearaCeara612369-35
20FortalezaFortaleza501438-51

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