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Preview: Atletico Mineiro vs. Sao Paulo - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Brasileiro clash between Atletico Mineiro and Sao Paulo, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Sao Paulo travel to Belo Horizonte this Sunday for their heavyweight Brasileiro clash against Atletico Mineiro at the Mineirao.

The Brazilian national side kicking off their Copa America title defence may well syphon interest away from this tie, but fans of these two sides could still be in for a real treat.


Match preview

Atletico Mineiro coach Cuca during the match on May 19, 2021© Reuters

Atletico Mineiro finished the last campaign in third place, just two points above their opposition this weekend, and new boss Cuca will be looking to do even better this season.

However, it has been a mixed bag so far for Atletico, who picked up their first points of the campaign last time out after losing their opening fixture to Fortaleza.

Galo beat Sport Recife 1-0, with Hulk scoring with his side's only shot on target.

As talented as he is, Hulk is currently the only Galo player who has found the back of the net in the league this season, and Cuca will expect more from his attackers as the season goes on.

Sao Paulo's Luis Orejuela celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on May 12, 2021© Reuters

After a solid Brasileiro campaign last season, Sao Paulo have started this season poorly, with just one point taken from their opening two games.

Currently 15th in the table, Sao Paulo were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Goianiense last weekend, meaning that Tricolor Paulista have not yet scored a goal this season.

Head coach Hernan Crespo, who made the move from Argentina's Defensa y Justicia, will be looking for more from his side if he is to build his reputation during his stint in Brazil.

With games against Chapecoense and Santos on the horizon, Sao Paulo will need to grind out results against tough opposition in order to work their way up the table.

Atletico Mineiro Brasileiro form:
  • L
  • W

Atletico Mineiro form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

Sao Paulo Brasileiro form:
  • D
  • L

Sao Paulo form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W



Team News

Sao Paulo's Dani Alves walks off the pitch after sustaining an injury ON MAY 5, 2021© Reuters

Galo will be without a number of important players ahead of this tie, and Cuca could ring the changes as a result of that.

Guga and Guilherme Arana are both away on international duty, while Rafael is out with a shoulder injury.

Sao Paulo will be without Igor Liziero who is away on international duty.

Other absentees for Crespo include Luan Santos, Martin Benitez, Dani Alves and Walce.

Atletico Mineiro possible starting lineup:
Everson; Mariano, Rabello, Rever, Dodo; Zaracho, Tche Tche, Allan, Fernandez, Hyoran; Hulk

Sao Paulo possible starting lineup:
Volpi; B Alves, Miranda, Leo; Vinicius, Shaylon, Nestor, Sara, Reinaldo; Rojas, Luciano


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We say: Atletico Mineiro 1-1 Sao Paulo

This is a very difficult-to-call clash between two well-matched sides, and due to the poor form that both teams are in, we do not expect a lot from this one. We are going for a 1-1 stalemate.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1PalmeirasPalmeiras13101225121331
2Atletico Mineiro139131910928
3FortalezaFortaleza138322191227
4BragantinoBragantino136612416824
5Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR127232113823
6FlamengoFlamengo1170422101221
7CearaCeara134721412219
8Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO135351114-318
9Bahia135261822-417
10Corinthians134541111017
11Fluminense134541012-217
12SantosSantos134451516-116
13JuventudeJuventude13445914-516
14InternacionalInternacional133551218-614
15Cuiaba122641316-312
16Sport RecifeSport13256711-411
17Sao Paulo13256917-811
18America MineiroAmerica Mineiro132471018-810
19Gremio11146613-77
20ChapecoenseChapecoense130491124-134

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