Palmeiras take on the visitors Cruzeiro at the Allianz Parque in the semi-finals fixture of the Copa do Brasil. The match will be played in Sao Paulo on Thursday, September 13th.
Palmeiras are on the third place in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A with 46 points to their credit after 24 tours at the moment. Thereby the team has been participating in the Copa Libertadores lately. The Verdao have been able to knock out Cerro Porteno from the Copa Libertadores recently (2-0 on the away side, 0-1 on the hosting side). In the quarter-finals of the Copa do Brasil the team of Luiz Felipe Scolari faced Bahia, they were able to draw against them with a 0-0 score in the first leg fixture and to beat them with a 1-0 score in the second leg fixture. In their last three matches Palmeiras beat Corinthians with a 1-0 score, Atletico Paranaense with a 2-0 score and Chapecoense with a 2-1 score.
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Cruzeiro are on the seventh place in the table with 33 points to their credit at the moment. Thereby the team will participate in the Copa Sudamericana soon. In the 1/8-Finals fixture of the Copa Libertadores the Raposa beat Flamengo with a 2-0 score in the first leg match and lost to them with a 0-1 score in the second leg match. In the quarter-finals fixture of the Copa do Brasil the team of Mano Menezes beat Santos with a 1-0 score in the first leg fixture and lost to them with a 1-2 score in the second leg fixture. In the end the Celeste lost to Flamengo in a penalty shootout. In their last three matches Cruzeiro drew against Sport Recife with a 0-0 score, against Botafogo with a 1-1 score and against Internacional with a 0-0 score.
Palmeiras and Cruzeiro have already faced each other in 2018, the Reposa have beaten the Verdao with a 1-0 score in front of their home crowd in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A fixture. In their last eight matches between them Palmeiras were not able to beat Cruzeiro even once (five draws and three losses). It is likely though that this time the team of Luiz Felipe Scolari will be victorious.
Prediction for the match: Palmeiras to win.