Just the two bets from the Brazilian state leagues tonight on a quiet night of fixtures.
Palmeiras vs Atletico Sorocaba (9:30PM)
This is the last week that I will be backing Palmeiras in the state championships for the considerable future due to their involvement in the Copa Libertedores. Pal will sacrifice virtually every player in state championship games in order to try and progress in the Copa Lib. Pal were awful at the back last weekend conceding 3 to XV in a 3-3 draw, I’m expecting a big performance from them tonight as their players look to nail down a starting position for the Copa Lib. With 3 goals in his opening 5 games Hernan Barcos is slowly getting into the rhythm of playing again and I’d be surprised if he wasn’t to grab at least one goal here. Sorocaba go into the game onto the back of a 4-0 victory but this has merely papered over the cracks that have appeared at the club. Sorocaba are solely reliant on midfielder Bruninho who has grabbed four goals and four assists so far in what has been a one man push to get Atletico results, the young midfielder however is not fully fit going into this game having picked up a knock on his ankle very late on. I’ll be backing Pal here as I can’t see them not winning the match.
Botafogo vs Recende (9:30PM)
Unbeaten Botafogo take on a Recende side who are struggling to find their form so far and I don’t think they’ll have any more success at finding it this game. Botafogo were very impressive last game with a 3-1 win over Macae thanks to a hat trick from ex AC Milan midfielder C.Seedorf, Seedorf has been a revelation since signing for Botafogo and I’m expecting to see him start in the heart of the midfield again tonight. This is Botafogo’s last game for the next 10 days so they won’t be holding back here as they have done in previous games to conserve energy for an up and coming game in just 3-4 days. Recende have just won one game this season whilst only playing one of the “big” teams in this state championship, that game was against Vasco the game where Vasco took the Recende defence apart multiple times scoring four goals in the process. I fancy Botafogo to grab themselves a few goals here.
Palmeiras vs Atletico Sorocaba – Palmeiras -1 (1.70 bet365)
Botafogo vs Recende – Botafogo score both halves (2.1 Paddy power)