Today, Palmeiras confront Comercial Atlético Clube; the game marking Palmeiras’ first appearance in the 2011 edition of the Brazilian Cup. Comercial is from Campo Maior in the state of Piauí, a city of approximately 45.000 inhabitants. The club was founded in 1945 and is the current state champion.
The Brazilian Cup regulations determine that if the away team wins by a margin of two goals or more, it advances directly to the next round without the need of a second leg. Scolari will not put his strongest side on the pitch, but considering Comercial’s starting eleven (with combined player salaries possibly reaching just about 10% of Valdivia’s) and the fact that the team only recently got back to practice after a pause of almost six months, it’s Palmeiras obligation not only to win, but to win very comfortable. Two scenarios are expected: either Palmeiras totally running over its opponent, or scoring two or three goals before settling down and waiting for the whistle, already with Sunday’s important match against São Paulo in the Paulista championship in mind. I personally hope for the former, with youngsters Adriano and Miguel trying to make an impression on Felipão and the fans.