Góias put in a dominant performance over Chapecoense last time out, showing how difficult it is to beat them at home, where they've won the last three matches. Despite losing to Palmeiras, Athletico put in a good performance and last weekend's result should not affect them heading into Friday. Both teams will be confident here, but Athletico will be fresher given that they had an extra two days rest. An away win would not be a surprise.
Chapecoense were defeated by Góias last time out and head into this match with four losses in the last five matches, which is due to their leaky defence. Fluminense are struggling for consistency in their performances. However, they were able to neutralise Flamengo's offensive power last time around, which could boost them into Friday's game. This should be a hard-fought match between teams who are dealing with a lot of injury concerns. A draw is on the cards.
Palmeiras are unbeaten since the start of the Brasileirão season and have won their last eight matches in all competitions. They're currently top with a two-point cushion and a game in hand. Avaí got a valuable draw against São Paulo last weekend. However, they're still bottom of the table and are the only Brasileirão side still looking for their first win of the season. Expect the hosts to dominate from the start as they have a far better team.
Atlético were defeated by a direct rival last time out, which saw them drop four points from the top of the table. They will look to get back to winning ways in front of their supporters. São Paulo are facing a six-match winless run and have failed to score in five matches in this period, which might affect their morale ahead of Friday. Both teams are equally skilled, but the visitors are dealing with a poor run of form, which could benefit the hosts.
Vasco got their first Serie A win against Internacional on Friday and will be boosted here. They will look to escape the relegation zone before the Copa America break. Ceará head into Thursday on a two-match winless run at home and their levels of confidence are expected to be low. The hosts will have had an extra day's rest to prepare for this match and could take advantage to get the three points here.