Palmeiras take on the visitors Internacional in the first-leg game of the 1/8 stage of the Copa do Brasil. The match will be played in Sao Paulo on Thursday, May 18th.
Palmeiras are the champions of the Brazilian Serie A in 2016 as the team recorded 80 points taken with 62-32 goal difference after 38 rounds. In 2017 “Porco” was beaten in the semi-final of the Campeonato Paulista by Ponte Preta with 1:0, 0:3 scorelines. In the Copa Libertadores the side leads in the Group 5 with 10 points earned after five gameweeks keeping great chances to promote to the tournament’s Play Offs. In regard to the Copa do Brasil, as the Serie A champion Palmeiras start their pace in the competition at the 1/8 stage, in other words, they have not played yet in current Copa do Brasil. Cuca’s side is just unbeatable at the home ground as it has not been broken across more than 25 clashes in a row.
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Internacional completely failed last season: the side relegated from the Brazilian elite division with 43 points gained and 35-41 goal difference sitting at the 17th position in the standings. In the final of the Campeonato Gaucho “Colorados” were defeated by Novo Hamburgo only by penalties shoot-out. Concerning the Copa do Brasil, the team came through the long pace from 1/128 stage to the last 16 knocking out Princesa Solimoes 2:0, Oeste 4:1, Sampaio Correa 4:1, 3:0 and Corinthians 1:1, 2:1. In 2017 Internacional participated in 14 encounters on the road resulting in six triumphs, six draws and two losses.
Palmeiras won three recent head-to-heads against Internacional with 3:2, 1:0 and 1:0 scorelines. Taking into account home-field advantage plus the status of the battle between the Serie A champion and Serie B representative, the hosts are unlikely to lose the victory in the forthcoming clash.
Prediction for the match: Palmeiras to win.