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Jun 12, 2022 at 8pm UK at Estadio do Morumbi
Sao Paulo
1 - 0
America Mineiro
Patrick (34')
Nestor (53'), Miranda (76')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Almeida (76'), (90+4')

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

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

Sao Paulo will play host to America Mineiro on Sunday in an important contest with just one point separating them in the top half of the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A table.

An eight-game unbeaten run has seen the hosts climb to sixth, leapfrogging their opponents who have dropped to ninth spot after a recent defeat.


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Flamengo manager Rogerio Ceni on May 30, 2021© Reuters

Sao Paulo have enjoyed a relatively strong start to the Brazilian top-flight campaign and find themselves in a run of eight games without a loss since their sole defeat in the second round of fixtures.

In the time since, Rogerio Ceni's side have amassed 12 points courtesy of wins over Santos and Cuiaba and six draws, four of which have come consecutively heading into this weekend.

After sharing points with Corinthians and Ceara, the Bicharada headed into back-to-back meetings with newly-promoted sides Avai and Coritiba, and they took 1-0 leads on both occasions.

They were unable to get over the line in either, though, with Alef Manga forcing a share of the spoils in the most recent meeting with the latter after Jonathan Calleri had given Sao Paulo an early lead.

While Ceni's men will be relatively pleased with their unbeaten run and resultant climb to sixth spot, the league remains particularly tight, with their ninth-placed opponents just a point behind, and they will be keen to make a return to winning ways on Sunday to ensure they do not drop back down into the middle of the table.

Their visitors, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from a defeat and jump back over the hosts at the weekend.

America Mineiro made a pleasing start to the campaign, but a defeat and two draws left them on 11 points from the opening eight matches in the Brazilian top flight.

The Coelho then made an important return to winning ways, beating Cuiaba 2-1 on home turf thanks to goals from Ale and Felipe Azevedo either side of half time.

Vagner Mancini's men were unable to build on that triumph last time out, though, as they fell short at home to Ceara, with a brace from Stiven Mendoza condemning them to a 2-0 defeat.

Given how tight the division remains at this early stage of the term, that loss saw America Mineiro quickly drop to ninth spot, and, with their hosts just a point ahead and their lead over 15th place at just two points, the Coelho will be keen to ensure they move in the right direction with a return to form at the weekend.

Sao Paulo Brasileiro form:
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • D

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

America Mineiro Brasileiro form:
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L

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


Team News

Sao Paulo are without midfielder Igor Gomes due to a suspension, while Robert Arboleda is away on international duty with Ecuador.

Nikao is another notable absence, as the attacking talent is sidelined by an injury.

It is Jonathan Calleri who has stood out going forward so far this season, though, with the Argentinian striker netting nine goals in just 10 league appearances.

America Mineiro will be missing key man Felipe Azevedo through a suspension, while Juan Ramirez and Paulinho Boia will continue spells in the treatment room.

Aloisio's place at the top end of the pitch could be under threat, given the side's recent struggle for goals, with the likes of Henrique Almeida and Wellington Paulista pushing to come into the starting XI up front.

Sao Paulo possible starting lineup:
Jandrei; Miranda, Leo, Costa; Rafinha, Nestor, Luan, Reinaldo; Luciano, Calleri, Patrick

America Mineiro possible starting lineup:
Jailson; Patric, Conti, Ferreira, Marlon; Ale, Kal, Valoura; Everaldo, Paulista, Gustavinho


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We say: Sao Paulo 2-1 America Mineiro

While Sao Paulo have been unable to see out victories in recent weeks, they come into the game with a strong unbeaten run to build on, and we see them retuning to winning ways with home advantage against an America Mineiro side far from their best form.

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How you voted: Sao Paulo vs America Mineiro

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Draw
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America Mineiro
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1PalmeirasPalmeiras21136236142245
2Corinthians2111642620639
3Fluminense21115532221038
4Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR2111462822637
5FlamengoFlamengo21113732191336
6InternacionalInternacional218943023733
7Atletico Mineiro218852926332
8BragantinoBragantino218673225730
9SantosSantos217952619730
10America MineiroAmerica Mineiro2183101723-627
11Sao Paulo2151152827126
12Botafogo2174102026-625
13GoiasGoias216782228-625
14CearaCeara2151062222025
15Coritiba2164112333-1022
16Avai2164112234-1222
17FortalezaFortaleza2156101923-421
18Cuiaba2155111422-820
19Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO2155112133-1220
20JuventudeJuventude2137111634-1816

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