Atletico Mineiro take on visitors Sao Paulo on the second leg of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. The match is taking place in Belo Horizonte on Thursday, May 19th.
Atletico Mineiro won their group, gaining 13 points in six matches. The round of 16 ended with aggregate win over Racing (Argentina), 0-0 and 2-1. Atletico Mineiro were the better side of the first leg and had possession but lost to Sao Paulo on the road. The hosts of the match show solid results at home as they are on five-match undefeated run in matches at own stadium. 14 matches at Estádio Raimundo Sampaio in 2016 ended with nine wins, two draws and three defeats.
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Sao Paulo had to battle the Strongest for the second place in the Copa Libertadores group with River Place and Trujillanos. The Brazilian side have gained nine points with 11-5 aggregate goal difference. The first leg of the round of 16 ended with 4-0 win over Toluca. The reverse one turn out as 1-3 defeat but Sao Paulo won on aggregate, 5-3. The first leg of the Copa Libertadores ended with 1-0 win of today’s visiotrs. As to away record of Sao Paulo this season, 14 matches on the road gained the team only one win over Botafogo in the most recent clash at opponents’ stadiums, eight draws and five defeats.
Atletico Mineiro and Sao Paulo play numerous head-to-heads in different completions in Brazil and outside of the country. The record of clashes between the teams suggest to pick Atletico as favorites of the match. On top of that, it’s hard to count on Sao Paulo with such disappointing away record.
Prediction for the match: Atletico Mineiro to win.