PORTUGUESA DESPORTOS - MIRASSOL
Just four rounds remain before the start of the playoffs and there is still much to play for. This is a competition traditionally dominated by the State's big four of Corinthians, Palmeiras, Sao Paulo and Santos, the first three of these look set to claim a post season spot, but the fouth place looks up for grabs.
Portuguesa are currently in the driving seat and it would be massive of them to reach the semi-finals of a competition they have not won since 1973, or played in a final for 24 years. They currently lead both Santo Andre and Santos by three points and those two meet each other tonight, so a win for "Lusa", would virtually put the loser of that match up, out of the running. Portuguesa actually have to play both challengers in the final two rounds and are well aware of how vital three points are this evening, incidently, the match is set to kick off at 23.30 cet (Wednesday).
Mirassol have little to play for tonight and certainly the draw has no real value for them, so we can expect them to play quite an open style and this is a team that has conceded seven in their last two road starts, if and when the first goal comes for Lusa, a second and/or third is likely to follow.
Hosts are without the suspended Edigle and injured Ygor, but are boosted by the return of Alex Bruno to their defence, which, after four straight wins, without conceding, is hardly in need of too much help. Confident home win selection.
6 points Portuguesa -3/4 ball 1.96 asian line.