The Daily Acca: Sao Paulo to go second in Brazil
We are now just two days away from the beginning of the World Cup and Paul Robinson is aiming to boost the betting funds with a 5/1 treble from Brazil. Here are his selections:
The Acca pays approximately 5/1
Londrina to make home advantage pay
Bet 1: Back Londrina @ 21/20 - KO 22:00 BST
The first of two selections from Brazil's Serie B comes from the state of Parana as I think that Londrina have to be backed at odds-against.
Their opponents, Goias, are struggling towards the bottom of the division - 18th of 20 to be precise - and although they have won two of their last three games, one was at home and the other was aided by a sending off for the opposition when the scores were level at 1-1.
Aside from that away win versus 10 men, the visitors are yet to record a victory on the road this season as their other four outings have yielded just a single point.
The hosts meanwhile are four places and four points better off, and although they have won only two of five on this ground this year, they finished last season by taking 23 points from a possible 27 at home - including a 2-0 success over Goias in November.
Goals grow on Fig Trees in Brazil
Bet 2: Back BTTS in Figueirense v Sampaio Correa @ 1/1 - KO 00:30 BST (Wed)
Nicknamed, 'The Fig Tree', Figueirense have been standing tall in recent weeks as they come into the game on a four match unbeaten streak. They are fifth in the standings and came out on the right side of a seven goal thriller at Atletico GO at the weekend.
In fact, despite their recent success, they haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven fixtures - the most recent five of which have seen this selection land.
Sampaio Correa are in 11th but they won last time out against Oeste and prior to that they got a point against Avai. They were both at home however, so it will be interesting to see how they do back on the road - where their record stands at three defeats and one win this season.
As far as the goals go, two of their four on their travels this year have had goals at both ends, and they are yet to keep an away clean sheet.
Sao Paulo to display their title credentials
Bet 3: Back Sao Paulo @ 4/9 - KO 01:30 BST (Wed)
Sao Paulo are kind of the sleeping giants of Brazilian football as after winning three successive titles between 2006 and 2008, they haven't won one since.
There is every chance that Diego Aguirre's men could remedy that this season though as they have started well - winning five, drawing five and losing just one of their 11 fixtures to date.
'Tricolour' sit third in the Campeonato and they come through a tricky away game at Atletico PR on Saturday - winning it 1-0. On this ground it's three wins and two draws, which doesn't sound overly impressive, but we have to factor in that they have already faced Atletico Mineiro, Santos and Internacional.
Vitoria are a step down on those teams and while they managed to draw at Corinthians on Sunday, the reigning champions are going through a transitional period at present.
Defeats at Atletico Mineiro and Santos highlight their inability to cut it against the better sides in the division, and I expect a relatively comfortable home win tonight.
2017/18 P/L (1pt each bet)
The Acca pays approximately 5/1
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