The Grêmio makes this Wednesday, November 15, their last ‘game-training’ aimed at preparing for the decision of the Copa Libertadores of America. This is how the Gaucho team are facing the duel against São Paulo for the thirty-fifth round of the Brazilian Championship in its 2017 edition. The match will be held at Arena Grêmio in Porto Alegre from 7:30 p.m.
Grêmio’s recent performance
After promoting the relay of his squad in the last two matches, coach Renato Gaúcho is expected to put in the field that should be the starter to face Lanús next Wednesday, November 22, also in Porto Alegre, in the first match of the 2017 edition of the Copa Libertadores of America.
It will be a general ‘rehearsal’ after merging in the last two games. In the victory against Ponte Preta, in Campinas, by 1 to 0, in the thirty-third round, the coach put a team with four starters. On Sunday, November 12, in Caxias do Sul, against Vitória (1 to 1), the number of holders increased to eight.
The clash of Wednesday will serve to indicate what Renato Gaucho thought about two positions that are in dispute. In the attack, Fernandinho and Everton fight for the spot among the starters. In the middle, the fight for a place is between Michel and Jailson. The performance against Sao Paulo should be decisive for the coach to make their decisions since for the game next Sunday, November 19, against Santos, will most likely send a team composed entirely of reserves preserving even athletes who must stay in the bank in the Liberators.
The probable formation of Grêmio to face São Paulo is Marcelo Grohe; Edilson, Geromel, Kannemann and Cortez; Michel, Arthur, Ramiro, Luan and Fernandinho; Lucas Barrios.
In this scenario, the Brasileirão is in second place, since Grêmio has long indicated that it had no intentions of trying to fight for the title by conforming only to a vacancy in the G4, which would be a ‘plan B’ to reach the vacancy in the next edition of the Libertadores if it fails in the attempt to be continental champion.
The goal is very close to being hit. With 58 points (17 wins, seven draws and ten losses), Grêmio is the deputy leader of Brasileirão. In the comparison with Botafogo, sixth and first out of the pack with guaranteed place in the fight for a place in the group stage of the next edition of Libertadores, has seven points more. With 12 points in contention, the situation is extremely comfortable.
Among them is Cruzeiro, fifth placed with 54 points. But the team from Minas Gerais, for being Brazil Cup champion, has already secured its place in the group stage of the continental tournament in 2018.
The current form of São Paulo
After passing a dozen rounds in the relegation zone, Sao Paulo can finally give the threat of fall to Serie B as a facing page. On Sunday, November 12, the São Paulo tricolor reached a 1-1 draw against Vasco in São Januário and reached 45 points (12 wins, 9 draws and 13 losses). The score is considered sufficient to guarantee the permanence in Series A.
Now coach Dorival Júnior can aim for bigger goals. The team is already in the qualifying zone for the South American Cup, but also has conditions to make an upgrade in the vacancy and achieve the right to participate in the Libertadores. To do this, you need to be in the top seven. Flamengo, with 50 points, occupies the seventh position.
There is also the possibility of increasing the number of places granted in the tournament through the Brasileirão. However, Grêmio, their rival on Wednesday, would need to beat Libertadores and Flamengo to win the 2017 South American title. If these two events happen, the number of places would rise to nine and the block of classification would be closed by Bahia, which has only one point more than São Paulo.
To pursue such a dream, however, São Paulo will not be able to count on one of its main players. Midfielder Cueva is serving his national team in the play-offs of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will not be able to play.
Another low will be the right-back Eder Militão. He was sent off in the game against Vasco and will have to comply with automatic suspension. Araruna, Buffarini and Aderllan are the options of the coach, who most likely will opt for Araruna.
The probable team for the game in Porto Alegre is Sidão; Araruna (Buffarini or Aderllan), Arboleda, Rodrigo Caio and Edimar; Jucilei; Petros, Hernanes, Marcos Guilherme and Maicosuel (Lucas Fernandes); Lucas Pratto.