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Vitoria vs Figueirense

Hosts are on the prowl in the fight against relegation, and are particularly scoring goals at the moment. The visitors have only a mathematical chance of avoiding relegation but are currently struggling to score and have been so poor away from home (one draw and four losses with no goal scored in the last five away games). They are also disadvantaged because Vitoria Coach Argel Fucks had a short stint as coach of Figueirense in July and August 2016; and so has good  knowledge of the opponents. Home win.

Cruzeiro vs Santos

Hosts have improved their form recently (winning the last two matches and losing only one game in the last eight matches) and still retain hopes of a G6 spot for Copa Libertadores. Coach Mano Menezes is boosted by the return from injury of three players - defender Bruno Rodrigo, Bruno Ramirez and midfielder Robinho; but misses right-winger Rafael Sorbis.

Santos must win to retain any hope of the title. With the return of central defender David Braz, Coach Dorival Junior has almost full-strength, with only defender Gustavo Henrique missing. BTTS and Over 2.5 goals.

Gremio vs America MG

Hosts' main focus is the Brazil Cup final, whose first leg is due this Thursday - away to Atletico MG. They will likely play reserves and seek a dignified result in this game against America MG; and particularly avoid a multi-goal embarrassment as happened in the last 0-3 home loss to Sport Recife. 

Under 2.5 goals.

Santa Cruz vs Atletico MG

Hosts are already relegated and in melancholy mood. The visitors' priority is the first leg of the Brazil Cup, which they will host on Thursday against Gremio; and so, key players will be saved. Both teams will play merely to fulfill this fixture. Under 2.5 goals.

Palmeiras vs Botafogo

After 22 years without the national title, the hosts may have a party this weekend if they win and the other results go their way - a defeat for Santos and any setback for Flamengo.

Botafogo have hit a patch of poor form recently, not won in three games (two draws and one loss). But they retain an interest in a G6 spot for Copa Libertadores and have been playing well  away from home recently, based on a tight defence. But Coach Jair Ventura will have three key absences: central midfielder Bruno Silva (ill), central midfielder Airton and left-back Victor Luis (both suspended). 

With the title so close and playing at home, Palmeiras cannot make any mistake. Home win

Chapecoense vs Sao Paulo

Hosts are safe in mid-table and are bang in form but are distracted by their good performance in the Copa Sudamericana, where they are in the semi-finals and retain high hopes of reaching the final. In the first leg of the semis, they had a creditable 1-1 draw away to Argentinian club San Lorenzo; and will host the return leg on Thursday. Therefore, they are likely to save a number of their regular players from this tie with Sao Paulo.

Hosts have been playing well defensively and are likely to play conservatively in this game.The visitors have also been in form recently but they struggle to score away from home. Under 2.5 goals

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Matches ended:        Vitoria 4-0 Figueirense

                              Cruzeiro 2-2 Santos

                            Palmeiras 1-0 Botafogo

                      Chapecoense 2-0 Sao Paulo

                                 Gremio 3-0 America MG

                           Santa Cruz 3-3 Atletico MG

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Corinthians vs Internacional

The visitors, Internacional, are in a desperate situation against relegation. Their plight was worsened when Vitoria thrashed Figueirense by 4-0 yesterday; opening a three-point lead over Internacional and increasing their goal difference. Thus, Internacional must win away to Corinthians with about 5 goals, to remain in contention with Vitoria for the remaining survival spot!

But Corinthians are no ordinary opponents; they still have chances for a slot in the Copa Libertadores and, most notably, have a furious rivalry with Internacional that goes back decades - particularly crystallized following the relegation of Corinthians in 2007 for which Internacional was accused of deliberately losing the last game to Goias, so that Goias survived and Corinthians relegated. Therefore, the fans of Corinthians would love nothing better than gaining three points and sending Internacional into relegation - all in one match!

I have only one expectation: BTTS and Over 2.5 goals.

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