Atletico Paranaese vs Palmeiras Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Atletico PR
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Tip Reasoning

Sunday’s Brazilian Serie A action sees Atletico PR playing host to Palmeiras. With both sides in good shape, an exciting game is expected to be in order with plenty of chances at both ends.

Atletico have certainly been impressive so far in 2018, lifting the Campeonato Paranaense, advancing through three rounds of the Brazilian Cup, hammering Newell’s Old Boys in continental action as well as picking up 5 points from their first three league games.

Nonetheless, after back to back 0-0 draws at both Gremio and Bahia, Fernando Diniz’s troops will be looking to re-discover their goal scoring touch back on the artificial surface at the Arena da Baixada. Brazilian clubs have long since complained that Atletico have an unfair advantage by having such a pitch and there may will be substance to their arguments, with Furacão having been a force on home soil for many years. Arriving for this one 17 matches unbeaten as hosts, confidence is certainly high in the camp, and picking up what would be a seventh consecutive home victory is the target.

That’ll be no easy task with Palmeiras in town, however. After a disappointing season last year, Verdão look a much stronger force under Roger Machado and are targeting domestic and continental glory.

The visitors possess one of the strongest squad’s in the league and on the evidence of what we’ve seen so far this year, will be there or thereabouts come season’s end. So far in Machado’s reign, Palmeiras have breezed through a tricky Libertadores group containing Argentine champions Boca, as well as reaching the final of the Campeonato Paulista but all focus for now is on building on a solid, if unspectacular start to the new Serie A campaign, which has seen the side pick up 5 points.

We’re expecting an open game from the off here. Both teams typically play in expansive manners and with the surface at the ground conducive to fluid, fast paced affairs, plenty of action is anticipated at both ends of the pitch.

The bet that really stands out is for both nets to be hit and that’s where our money is going. Atletico have scored a stunning average of 3 goals a game over their current 6 match winning run, whilst Palmeiras are clearly a capable outfit on the road, having won 7 of their last 8 away from home, plunging home an average of 2.12 goals a game in the process. As difficult as a result is to call, we do fancy Atletico to edge it with the crowd behind them and as such, we’re also having a play on the 2-1 home win.

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