Saturday’s Brazilian Serie A action features an interesting clash between Internacional and Sport Recife. An open game is expected between two sides in strong attacking shape.
An excellent week for newly promoted Internacional has moved them up into 5th place. Odair Hellmann’s troops made it three wins on the bounce in Serie A action, first beating reigning champions Corinthians 2-1 on Sunday prior to recording their first away victory of the campaign with a 3-2 success at Vitoria.
Colorado now have 14 points from 8 matches and a return to home soil will bring about great confidence, given the side have won 5 of their last 6 home games, plunging home an impressive average of 1.83 goals a game in the process.
Meanwhile, Sport have also had an excellent week and find themselves 1 place below Internacional, despite having the same number of points. After a nerve wracking scrap with relegation last season, Claudinei Oliveira has his side in fine fettle at the moment and confidence is sky high after back-to-back 3-2 wins over strong opponents in the form of Palmeiras and Atletico Mineiro respectively.
Although they won last time out on their travels, with the aforementioned shock win at Palmeiras, Leão remain fairly inconsistent on the road and it remains to be seen how they’ll perform here. The visitors have already lost 3-0 at America Mineiro and 2-0 at Cruzeiro but will be hoping their momentum can be continued by picking up a result in this one.
Ultimately, the price on offer for both nets being hit immediately captures attention and is well worth a play at current prices. It’s no coincidence that both teams were involved in 3-2 affairs mid-week and with each side firing on all cylinders going forward, an open game is expected to be in order with plenty of chances at both ends.
Both teams have scored in Internacional’s last two outings and in 5 of Sport’s last 7 and it’s not hard to envisage both streaks continuing. As for the result itself, one does have to side with Internacional and we’re backing them to run out 2-1 winners. They are a powerful home side and should have a bit too much for a Sport side that lacks consistency on their travels.
Internacional possible starting XI: Lomba; Zeca, Moledo, Cuesta, Iago; Dourado, Edenilson, Patrick, Pottker, Lucca; Damiao.
Sport Recife possible starting XI: Magrao; Prata, Alves, Durval, Sander; Bastos, Moura, Gabriel, Rogerio, Felipe; Marques.
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The sides last met in the 2016 Serie A season, with Internacional winning 1-0 on home soil and the game in Recife ending 1-1. Interestingly, Sport have won just 1 of the last 10 meetings between the two, with Internacional winning 6 times over that period.
Creative man Andres D’Alessandro is nearing a return but may miss out once again here. Right back Fabiano is suffering from illness an may also play no part.
Internacional loanees Ernando, Anselmo and Andrigo are all unavailable to face their parent club. Claudio Winck remains sidelined whilst a late call will be made on midfielder Neto Moura.