Fluminense vs. Bragantino (Sunday, 8.00pm)
Flu are winless in four successive matches in all competitions following a 2-0 defeat in league play versus Corinthians last weekend, now only ahead of Braga on goal difference after the Red Bull club defeated Santos 2-0 at the end of May.
We say: Fluminense 2-0 Bragantino
Braga look like a much deeper attacking team than in past seasons, but that atmosphere at the Maracana always seems to overwhelm them, which is why we are giving Flu the edge.
Gremio vs. Sao Paulo (Sunday, 8.00pm)
The 2022 Serie B champions are on a three-match unbeaten run in league play after edging Athletico Paranaense 2-1, while Tricolor Paulista are a point above them in the table, without a domestic defeat since their opening encounter, beating Goias 2-1 last Saturday.
We say: Gremio 1-1 Sao Paulo
We are only on matchday nine of the new Brasileiro Serie A campaign, and already these sides look like they will be in the thick of the title race.
That being said, Sao Paulo have done well to fight their way back and stay in their away matches, and we believe they will do the same in this one.
Palmeiras vs. Coritiba (Sunday, 10.30pm)
Three successive draws in Brazil's top flight have allowed Botafogo to open up a significant gap at the top of the table, while Coritiba are yet to win a league match this season.
We say: Palmeiras 2-0 Coritiba
Having failed to win any of their last three league matches, as well as coming fresh off exiting the cup, Palmeiras will be determined to avoid losing ground on Botafogo at the table's summit.
As such, we expect them to have too much motivation and quality for their opponents, who will remain bottom of the table if they can not avoid defeat.
Goias vs. Cuiaba (Sunday, 10.30pm)
Goias return to Estadio Serrinha on Sunday with a chance to extend their home unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions when they battle Cuiaba.
Esmeraldino lost their previous Brasileiro Serie A encounter 2-1 at Sao Paulo, moving a point behind Cuiaba in the table, with the latter collecting a 1-1 draw at home to Coritiba.
We say: Goias 1-0 Cuiaba
Having such a demanding schedule can be detrimental, but given how well Goias have fared in those other competitions, we believe they will gain some much-needed confidence which could benefit them this weekend.
Cuiaba have been better of late but have not shown they can maintain that kind of consistency long term, so we are giving the home side a slight edge in this one.