Palmeiras vs Fluminense
Stadium: Allianz Parque
This is the big match of Round 37 of the Brasileirão, which puts leader Palmeiras against Copa Libertadores winners Fluminense. The Verdão took advantage of Flamengo's defeat at home to Atlético-MG to take sole possession of the league lead with two rounds to go. Palmeiras is currently three points clear of Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, and Flamengo, and if they beat Fluminense, only a catastrophe will prevent the Paulistas from reclaiming their title.Get Your Welcome Bonus!
In the last round, the Paulistas comfortably beat last-placed América 4-0 taking the lead very early as Endrick scored in the 2nd minute. The players feel the title is very close and are playing confidently. It's difficult for the Verdão to secure the title in this round because, in addition to winning, its opponents would all have to lose points. It's not impossible, but it's unlikely. In any case, if Palmeiras wins, it might not even need a draw in its final game against Cruzeiro, as the team has a comfortable goal difference if the other clubs finish on the same points.
Fernando Diniz's team is going through a good run of form and managed to win 3-0 against Santos. It was the third victory in a row for the Tricolor, which occupies seventh place in the table. The Cariocas have already qualified for the next Copa Libertadores because they won the competition this year in a final with Boca Juniors. Fluminense fans won't be too upset if their team loses to Palmeiras because, above all, they don't want to deliver the title to rival Flamengo.
Expert Betting Tips
Palmeiras is the favorite, and it would be a surprise to waste the advantage over its opponents. A draw would put a lot of pressure on the team in the final round against Cruzeiro, which is fighting to avoid relegation. The Paulistas will want to prove that they deserve to be champions, and that's who I'm betting on, adding a Total Under 4.5 to up the odds.