To rest or not to rest?

Renato Gaúcho – not a huge fan of questions about his team selection

Grêmio‘s slip against Botafogo in the Serie A last weekend, after fielding a weakened side, brought up that old question: is it right to rest players in the league to keep them fresh for midweek Copa Libertadores games? Continue reading

Brasileirão round 1: advantage Corinthians in title race

Rodriguinho (pic: Agência Corinthians)

After putting in the effort last week to get the 2018 Brasileirão preview done on time, annoyingly, I’ve only found the time to write about the first weekend of the league now. But it was a cracking opening round and not worth missing. Here’s the lowdown: Continue reading

Brasileirão 2018 preview

Will it be a straight fight between Palmeiras and Corinthians? (Pic: Amanda Perobelli /Estadao)

The Brasileirão kicks off this weekend. Palmeiras are the bookies’ favourites. Corinthians are the pundits’ favourites. Cruzeiro, Grêmio and Flamengo will want to have something to say about that. Here’s a lowdown of all the teams, the major ins and outs, players to watch, my predictions and the latest betting odds. Continue reading

Série A: how the last round unfolded

André was the hero for Sport (Pic: Futura Press)

Corinthians may have already won the league, but with eight out of the ten fixtures on the last weekend of this year’s Série A determining either a relegation spot or Libertadores qualifying place, it promised to be a weekend of high drama. It didn’t disappoint.
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Palmeiras miss chance to go top

Can Borja become a Palmeiras hero on Sunday? (Source: Palmeiras)

The Série A title race is wide open after three defeats in four matches for leaders Corinthians and the excellent form of Palmeiras. But Palmeiras missed an opportunity to take the lead at the top of the Série A after they only managed a draw against Cruzeiro on Monday night. Had they won that game, a win in this Sunday’s classico against Corinthians would have taken them top of the log. Continue reading