Later today, Palmeiras play Red Bull Bragantino for the sixth round of the Brazilian Championship. In the first five matches, Palmeiras accumulated 11 points, with three victories, one draw and one loss (0-1 away against Flamengo, a very normal result).
The campaign until now is better than the campaign of our last two titles. In 2018 Palmeiras had eight points after five rounds and in 2016 nine points. However, it falls short of the 2011 start (11 points in five games) and the incredible performance of the first rounds in 2019 (13 points in five games). Compared to the average between 2006 and 2020, this year’s campaign is better.
Walking away with three points against Red Bull Bragantino would take Palmeiras to 13 points, surpassing 2011’s campaign and come second only to the extraordinary year of 2019 (16 points after six games). The performance is even more positive when compared to the other favorites for the title in 2021: Atlético Mineiro stand on the same 10 points, but have already lost five points at home, Flamengo have six points in three matches, but they’ve played all their games at home and lost one of them, São Paulo is sunk in the relegation zone with only two points in five games.
The current leaders are Athletico Paranaense, who have won four out of four games so far in the tournament. Not that they should get too excited: none of the other four teams in the history of the Brasileirão that started the tournament 100% after four rounds ended up bagging the title, and we don’t believe the script will be broken this year.
Palmeiras have scored nine goals and conceded four in the Brasileirão 2021. One third of Palmeiras’ goals were scored in the first 15 minutes of game. The only game Palmeiras didn’t score was in the first round against Flamengo and the only clean sheet until now was against Juventude.
The football displayed so far by Palmeiras do show some flaws, but the points are trickling in and the other primary title contenders are leaving points behind. The premature elimination in the Brazil Cup was embarrassing, but up to eight games were erased from the calendar, giving more time for rest and training. Deyverson’s return at least put some pressure on Luiz Adriano and soon we’ll have Dudu back. Patience and Abel Ferreira could very well lead us to our 11th Brasileirão title.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi
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