On Thursday night we will see the conclusion of the second round of the state championships where things are slowly starting to hot up.
Fluminense v Olaria (9:30pm)
This is Flu’s second game of their state championship having won their opening game 2-0 after two late goals from substitute Wagner. Flu will openly play a reserve side in the state championship but they will still have a great chance of winning it due to the lack of obvious quality in the Carioca championship where they often play sides of a semi-professional standard. Olaria are a really poor side and they won’t pull off many shocks in this championship especially because of their lack of fire power within the squad. Having snatched two goals at the death midfielder Wagner will be expecting to be given the nod in midfield ahead of Fabio. Rafael Sobis will start upfront and will be expected to improve on his opening performance which saw him brought off after 65 minutes. I expect Fluminense to come out on top against a hard working Olaria.
Mogi Mirim vs Penapolense (9:30pm)
Mogi Mirim face Penapolense in what is considered a big game for Mogi Mirim especially after their impressive 0-0 draw away to Ponte Preta. If Mogi Mirim want to cause a shock and push for the play offs then they will need to beat teams like Penapolense at home. Penapolense are currently top of the Paulista championship after a 3-0 win over a very poor Ituano so I’ll be taking that result with a pinch of salt especially after the horrid defensive performance that Ituano put it that game. This match is going to be a tough fought contest and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a red card or two in this game. What I like about Mogi Mirim is that they have a very young squad who are all hungry for success. I believe Mogi Mirim will come out on top in this game.
Mirassol Vs Uniao Barbarense (9:30pm)
Mirassol lost their opening game 2-0 to Sao Paulo but Mirassol still came out with plenty of plaudits after a well battled performance which saw them pepper the Sao Paulo goal, It took a fantastic performance from Ceni the Sao Paulo goalkeeper to keep Mirassol out as well as a superb performance by the Sao Paulo crossbar preventing Mirassol getting a deserved point. They’ll be looking to put right those wrongs from the Sao Paulo game by putting away a poor Uniao Barbarense side who haven’t won in their previous 5 games in all competitions. With just 5 players over 30 years of age in the entire Mirassol squad they have that certain hunger and desire that you get with young players especially in Brazil. Lots of these players have potential to move onto bigger things especially midfielder Luiz Aroujo who has forced his way into the first team squad at the tender age of 16! Uniao Barbarense will not offer much going forward as their midfield does not have a genuine play maker which links midfield to attack, something which the club are trying to rectify by looking at various players on a free transfer. I think Mirassol will dominate the possession this game and it should only be a matter of time before they break down Barbarense.
Lewis’ Football Tips
Fluminense Vs Olaria (9:30PM) – Fluminense -1 (1.75 Pinnacle)
Mogi Mirim vs Penapolense (9:30PM) – Mogi Mirim win (1.80 Betfred)
Mirassol Vs Uniao Barbarense – Mirassol win (1.80 Paddy Power)