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Jun 12, 2021 at 11pm UK at Estadio Palestra Italia
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Preview: Palmeiras vs. Corinthians - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Brasileiro clash between Palmeiras and Corinthians, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The dawn of a new Brasileiro campaign brings with it another Paulista Derby, with Palmeiras welcoming Sao Paulo-based archrivals Corinthians to Allianz Parque on Saturday.

Both sides have endured challenging starts to the season and this test will likely go a long way in identifying which side is really in the market for honours.

Match preview

Palmeiras' Wesley Ribeiro Silva celebrates scoring their third goal on June 6, 2021© Reuters

With just two games played so far in the league this season, Palmeiras currently sit seventh in the standings with three points to their name.

Following their opening day 1-0 defeat to Flamengo, Verdao managed to beat Chapecoense 3-1 at Allianz Parque, with Wesley and Luiz Adriano both netting goals on the day.

Verdao boss Abel Ferreira will certainly hope that that win could be a turning point in the campaign and offer a chance for the club to move up the table.

However, Palmeiras will not be moving anywhere this weekend if they cannot find a way past the old enemy, Corinthians.

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

Corinthians begin this season looking to put the inadequacies of last season behind them and get back to their best.

Finishing 12th last season in a disappointing campaign, Corinthians have their work cut out for them this time around.

Much like their rivals Verdao, Corinthians lost their opening game against Atletico Goianiense but managed to narrowly beat America-MG 1-0 in the second fixture of the campaign.

Fabio Santos Romeu's penalty in the 29th minute sealed the win for Timao, but the strike also serves as a reminder that Vagner Mancini's men have yet to score from open play in the league this season.

Palmeiras Brasileiro form:
  • L
  • W

Palmeiras form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

Corinthians Brasileiro form:
  • L
  • W

Corinthians form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D

Team News

Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira reacts on May 23, 2021© Reuters

Palmeiras's Danilo Barbosa, Danilo, Gabriel Veron and Benjamin Kuscevic are not expected to start due to injury.

Verdao's venomous front three of Rony, Adriano and Wesley are all set to lead the line for Palmeiras this weekend.

Mancini will be without the likes of Jemerson, Gustavo Mantuan, Danilo Avelar and Ruan Oliveira, who are all out with injuries.

Mancini may be tempted to field a more attacking starting 11 in order to create more in front of goal.

Palmeiras possible starting lineup:
Jailson; Mayke, Luan, Renan, Luis; Veiga, De Paula, Scarpa; Rony, Adriano, Wesley

Corinthians possible starting lineup:
Cassio; Fagner, Victor, Gil, Fabio Santos; Mosquito, De Moura, Cantillo, Gabriel, Araos; Luan

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We say: Palmeiras 2-2 Corinthians

We expect the Paulista Derby to end in a stalemate, but that is not to say there will not be a few fireworks along the way. This is definitely a fixture to keep an eye on.

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