SAPL vs PLM Dream11: The defending Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras, will be up against Sao Paulo for the first leg of the quarter finals at the Morumbi Stadium. Sao Paulo did impress in the Round of 16 as they beat Argentinian club Racing 4-2 on aggregate, with Vitor Buenno, Emiliano Rigoni and Marquinhos scoring the all important goals. Although, Sao Paulo are at the bottom half of the Brazilian Serie A, there recent form has been noteworthy courtesy three win and a draw from the last four games.
As for Palmeiras, they are in at second in the Brazilian League, and are just two points adrift from table toppers Atletico Mineiro for the time being. Palmeiras registered back to back 1-0 wins over Universidad Catolica in the Round of 16 to make it to the last eight. It was an own goal by Raphael Veiga, followed by the winner by Marcos Rocha in the second leg that did the business for Palmeiras. In spite of Sao Paulo decent run of form lately, they will have to be at their absolute best in order to surpass Palmeiras to the semis. Nevertheless, it could turn out to be a cracking affair.
Date: August 11, Wednesday
Kick-Off: 6:00 AM (IST)
Venue: Cicero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium
Where to Watch SAPL vs PLM Live: No Coverage in India
Sao Paulo: LWDWW
Head to Head
From the last six meetings between the two sides, it’s Sao Paulo that have the edge with three wins. Three games have ended on level terms as well.
Sao Paulo News
Injury Report and Unavailability: Walce and Luciano are ruled out due to injury.
Expected Changes and Strategy: T Volpi should be starting in at goal, while, I Vinicius, Miranda, Leo and Reinaldo are likely to be the back four in defence. I Gomes, Liziero, R Nestor and G Sara are expected to feature in midfield. E Rigoni and Marquinhos should lead the line of attack.
Tiago Volpi; Igor Vinícius, Miranda, Léo, Reinaldo; Igor Gomes, Liziero, Rodrigo Nestor, Gabriel Sara; Emiliano Rigoni, Marquinhos
Injury Report and Unavailability: No injury concerns
Expected Changes and Strategy: Weverton should be starting in at goal, while, M Rocha, Felipe Melo, G Gomez, and Renan could line up in defence. Danilo and Ze Rafael are expected to partner along in central midfield. R Veiga, G Scarpa and Wesley could provide the service to Deyverson up top.
Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Felipe Melo, Gustavo Gómez, Renan; Danilo, Zé Rafael; Raphael Veiga, Gustavo Scarpa, Wesley; Deyverson
E Rogani can pack a punch in the forward line for Sao Paulo. Rogani has seven goals from 15 starts in the season so far.
Willian has impressed in the final third region for Palmeiras. Willian has 10 goals under his belt from the 28 starts this season.
Gabriel Sara has been one of the standouts in midfield for Sao Paulo. Sara has six goals from the 26 appearances this season.
Rony can prove to be the danger man from out wide for Palmeiras. Rony has eight goals from the 28 appearances this season.
GK: W Pereira
DEF: G Gomez, F Melo, L Conceicao, Miranda
MID: R Veiga, G Scarpa, I Liziero, G Sara
FOR: E Rigoni, W G d Siqueira
Despite the struggles in the Brazilian Serie A for Sao Paulo, they have impressed in the cup competition. However, their next fixture against title holders Plameiras isn’t going to be an easy task by any means. That being said, the SAPL vs PLM Today Match Prediction odds are in favor of a draw here.