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

Série A update: Corinthians still top

Former Man City striker Jô has scored 9 league goals in 15 games (Photo: Agencia Corinthians)

The games sure do come thick and fast in Brazil. It’s been just over two months since I published my Série A preview on the eve of the competition and here we are in gameweek 16 already. Did I mention the Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores or Copa Sulamericana? Here’s what’s happened since my last Série A update. Continue reading

Excellent Corinthians march on

Jadson celebrates his winner on Sunday (Photo: Agencia Corinthians)

Corinthians continued their excellent form by beating Grêmio on Sunday, and opening up a four point lead at the top of the Série A. They don’t play the sort of football that you might associate with Brazilian league leaders – its more like the stuff that Arrigo Sacchi would be proud of. But they are well organised, hardly concede any goals and know how to win football matches. On current form, nobody will stop them. Can they keep it up? Continue reading

Can Flamengo really win the league?

Trauco celebrates his equaliser against Fluminense (photo: Flamengo)

Just over a month ago, on the eve of the competition, I predicted Flamengo would win the Série A. But after eight league games played, they have just 11 points, are in 10th position and nine points off the pace. Can they still do it? Continue reading