Tip Palmeiras - Gremio
Palmeiras advanced to the 2020/21 Copa Libertadores final despite a 2-0 loss at home to River Plate in the second leg of the semi finals. They are in high spirits as they prepare for the Brazilian Serie A clash at home against Gremio on Saturday 16th January. The hosts head to this game placed sixth in the league standings with 47 points while Gremio are fifth with 49 points. Palmeiras will need to shift attention very fast to the Serie A after the successful semi final against River Plate in Copa Libertadores. They have won four of their last five matches, and approaching this game, they will have the needed psychological balance. With four clean sheets in the five matches and having failed to score in just one, Palmeiras sit well as favorites, and have a great run at home too. In their last league game, the team beat Sport Recife 1-0 away from home and will be glad to be back at their backyard where they have five straight wins and clean sheets, with 12 goals scored in the process. Three of their last five home matches in the league have produced over 2.5 goals and they have scored two or more in four. Luiz Adriano has been a key man for the side, with three goals in the last five matches but when it comes to home league matches, Rony and Raphael Veiga are the top men, having scored four each in the last five.
Gremio on the other hand, go to this game unbeaten in their last six matches, and just one loss in their last 25 games. They have three clean sheets in the last five matches and scored two or more in just two of the last nine matches. In the Serie A, they have no loss in the last 14 matches but head here with just one clean sheet in the last four league matches. It has not been very rosy away from home for Gremio, in their last four away matches. they have four draws, and only three wins in the last 16. While they have a seven-game unbeaten run in away matches in Serie A, Gremio have failed to score in four of those. They have two wins in their last two meetings with Palmeiras and will be hoping they can extend it to three as they seek to rise to third on the table.
Key points Palmeiras - Gremio
Gremio have failed to score in four of their last seven away league matches.
Gremio are unbeaten in 14 league matches.
Palmeiras have five straight wins in Serie A.
Palmeiras have failed to score in just one of the last five matches.
Gremio have three wins in 16 away league matches.
Conclusion Palmeiras - Gremio
Palmeiras are coming from a tough midweek game and will be at a disadvantage as they are expected to do the job against a well-rested Gremio side. Both sides are on good runs in recent matches but while Palmeiras have a fine run at home, Gremio have been poor away from home. Palmeiras have prolific scorers who have done even better in home matches and Gremio will need to be at their best to contain them. Though Gremio have been dominant in their recent meetings with Palmeiras, we don’t feel with their away form they'll pose a big threat for Palmeiras and thus a home win is more likely here.
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Palmeiras Gremio Prediction published on January 13, 2021