Palmeiras vs Bahia Today’s Soccer Prediction
It took only three days for Verdão to seal the crisis opened by Corinthians’ defeat in the fifth round of the Brasileirão. After beating Palmeiras 1-0 on Sunday, May 13, they overcame Atlético Júnior of Colombia 3-1 in Sao Paulo to secure the first overall place in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores.
Having secured a place in the last 16 of the continental tournament, Palmeiras now knows they will make all decisive matches in the coming home clashes, including a possible decision if they can get there.
The organized crowd, who had protested and asked for the departure of coach Roger Machado, ended up drowned by the ‘normal’ fans who supported the team and celebrated the excellent performance in the Libertadores.
It remains to Roger Machado to show evolution in the aspect of offensive creativity. This has been the club’s main problem when it comes to drilling closed defenses in their stadium. In the Brasileirão, the goalless draw with Chapecoense was the great example of this difficulty.
For this you will have practically all the athletes available. Felipe Melo, who has been suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards against Corinthians, returns to play conditions at Brasileirão. Out of action follows only the half-battered Moses.There are, however, doubts regarding the ladder, but for performance. In the midfield, Roger can choose between Guerra and Lucas Lima, counting with Hyoran, who has been showing good football. At the front, the regular William is option in case Dudu or Keno do not have high level performance.
Divided between the Brasileirão, the South American Cup and the Northeast Cup contests, Bahia had a rare opportunity this week. Without compromise, you can dedicate yourself solely and exclusively to the preparation to face Palmeiras.
This allowed coach Guto Ferreira to experiment with options to take the team out of the relegation zone. When they drew 2-2 at home to São Paulo on Matchday 5, Bahia, with five points (one win, two draws and two losses), fell to seventeenth.
One of them must be the entrance of the young striker Brumado. The athlete, who served under the Brazilian U20 team, joined the squad and became an option for the attack command. At first, it should be used as first reserve for Edgar Júnior, since Kayke, that was in that paper, had been much criticized by the fans. However, the possibility of taking a place among the holders is not ruled out.
There is still the tactical question. At home, Bahia tends to take a more courageous stance, pressing rivals. Outside, he gets farther back calling the rivals so he can be able to counterattack. This strategy, however, has not been successful.
With six goals conceded in the five matches that played in the Brazilian Championship, Bahia showed that it does not have a defensive wall. This could make life easier for Palmeiras, who are lulled to a good victory against Atletico Júnior and returned with the support of most of the fans.
Prediction Today: Palmeiras