Fluminense are set to handle Sao Paulo at the Maracana on Sunday in their newest Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A fixture.

Fluminense enter this game on the back of a 2-1 loss to Atletico Goianiense on Thursday at the Estadio Antonio Accioly. Goals from midfielder Wellington Rato and goalkeeper Jean ensured success for interim manager Eduardo Souza’s Atletico Goianiense. Young aggressor Felippe Cardoso scored the consolation goal for Fluminense.

Sao Paulo, on the other hand, lost 1-0 in the very first leg of the semi-final of Copa do Brasil yesterday to Gremio at the Arena do Gremio. A second-half objective from Brazil global Diego Souza secured the win for Gremio.

In 31 head-to-head encounters in between the two sides, Fluminense hold the advantage. They have actually won 13 games, lost 10 and drawn 8.

The two clubs last faced each other previously this year, with Sao Paulo beating Fluminense 3-1. Objectives from young forward Brenner, enemy Luciano and midfielder Vitor Bueno sealed the offer for Sao Paulo Winger Wellington Silva scored the alleviation goal for Fluminense.

Fluminense will be unable to call upon the services of young midfielder Martinelli, who is out with an injury. Aside from that there are no injury concerns for the home side.

Meanwhile, Sao Paulo will lack young center-back Walce and midfielder Liziero, who are both hurt. Midfielder Tche is suspended.

Fluminense Predicted XI (4-3-3): Marcos Felipe, Igor Juliao, Nino, Luccas Claro, Danilo Barcelos, Michel Araujo, Yuri, Wellington Silva, Nene, Fred, Marcos Paulo.

Sao Paulo Predicted XI (4-3-3): Tiago Volpi, Juanfran, Robert Arboleda, Bruno Alves, Reinaldo, Dani Alves, Luan Santos, Gabriel Sara, Pablo, Brenner, Igor Gomes

Fluminense have some experienced players in their ranks, consisting of Brazil international Fred and previous Paris Saint-Germain assaulter Nene leading the line. They sit seventh in the league table and have been inconsistent in recent months.

Sao Paulo, on the other hand, sit at the top of the league table. Former Barcelona and Paris Sain-Germain right-back Dani Alves has impressed in midfield, with previous Atletico Madrid right-back Juanfran likewise doing well on the right.

Sao Paulo have succeeded up until now and must edge past Fluminense.

Prediction: Fluminense 0-1 Sao Paulo