Corinthians vs. Palmeiras: Date, Time and Preview for Derby Paulista 2014

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Corinthians vs. Palmeiras: Date, Time and Preview for Derby Paulista 2014
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It is one of the most awaited football ties in the Brazilian calendar as Corinthians face off against Sao Paulo rivals Palmeiras.

The tie is steeped in history with the two giants of the city contesting many hard-fought games over the years.

The two sides have played each other 342 times, per FootballDerbies.com, with Palmeiras winning 121 times, Corinthians 118 times, with 102 draws.

The record books could not pin these two clubs any closer together. 

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Let's take a look at the details of the match and preview the teams.

 

When: Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. GMT/2 p.m. ET

Where: Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

Corinthians are experiencing a dangerously poor run of form as of late, having yet to win a match in the last five games, per Soccerway.

They lie at the bottom of Group B of the Paulista A as their misery continues. 

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Palmeiras, on the other hand, are playing some attractive football and currently sit atop Group D with 19 points. They are very much in command of their group, six points clear of their competition. They will be looking toward Leandro to fire them onward this year, as he is a young player who already has earned himself a big name.

They will be looking to inflict more pain on their geographical rival, who simply cannot buy a win at present and will struggle to find success in this matchup. 

The Paulista has turned out to be an intriguing competition so far after great performances from Sao Paulo, Botafogo and Santos, who all lead their respective groups.

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Corinthians will be looking toward their attacker Romarinho. He is still only 23 years old and has immense potential.

This game could be the opportunity that Romarinho and his team-mates have been waiting for. They have had such a disastrous season and need a tonic to reignite their spirits and climb the league table. Romarinho is a brilliant footballer at his best, and he has the firepower at his disposal.

However, the truth is he cannot do it on his own.

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Can Corinthians prevent Palmeiras winning the derby match?

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If Corinthians carry on their current form, then this is a surefire win for their neighbours. Palmeiras are playing some wonderful football and will feel that this victory is there for the taking.

They will not hesitate in punishing Corinthians and could turn the match into a humiliation for their opponents. Leandro will be the danger man, and if he is in the mood, he will hurt Corinthians. 

However, strange things happen in derby matches. Can Corinthians buck the trend and beat a Palmeiras side who are flying? The answer is yes, but it's going to take a top performance from the whole squad. 

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