Audax v Santos – Estádio José Liberatti at 20:00
On Sunday we’ll be taking a look at the first leg of the Paulista A1 final as Audax host Santos! Santos will already know the effects that losing to a side considered as “minnows” in the state final has around the city, as they duly found out a couple of seasons ago when Ituano beat them on penalties.
Audax were superb in their semi final last week (where we backed over 2.5 goals) as they blitzed out of the starting gate and looked to hit the Timao early! A Bruno Paulo goal in the 26th minute of the game made the state of Sao Paulo sit up and take notice that Audax were a real side to contend with. A Danilo Tche goal either side of an Andre brace meant that Corinthians vs Audax was going to penalties! With the home side putting just one of their spot kicks away it meant that the minnows advanced to the two legged final!
Santos made hard work of their Semi Final clash with their local rivals Palmeiras, Peixe managed to dominate the early stages of the game and they even put themselves two goals in front with a dominating performance from Gabigol. Two disastrous minutes for the home side meant that just like the first semi final this game was going to penalties. F.Prass stepped up for Palmeiras with the chance to send the spot kicks into sudden death but he put his spot kick wide sending Peixe into the final!
Audax will look to take the game to Santos from the offset and Peixe will know that they’ll just need to keep the tie alive for the second leg if they’re to lift the Paulista A1 title again. We can expect to see Audax press Santos and more specifically Gabigol as quickly as possible on Sunday evening. They’ll also put a couple of heavy challenges in on the star forward just for added interest!.
I can’t see Santos dominating the ball in this game as they usually like to and for once it will be a sell out at Audax even if the fans are from Corinthians, Sao Paulo and Palmeiras just cheering against Santos! Audax will control the ball as they usually do and I can’t see them losing this first leg clash!
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Audax +0.25 at 2.06
Prices correct at the time of writing.
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