The Brazilian club São Paulo will be preparing to face the Argentine club Arsenal di Sarandi in the Copa Libertadores without the presence of the star striker Luiz Fabiano. The former Sevilla man is currently suspended and he will not be taking part in the away match.

However, the midfielder Paulo Ganso has said that he believes that the team will be able to cope with the loss of this important player. São Paulo will be coming into the match on the back of a brilliant run of form, which has seen them win the last four matches without exception.

The home match for São Paulo with Arsenal ended in a 1-1 draw (which at the very least managed to win me some money on my 3 Strikes Bet – one of my rare victories in my amateur sportsbetting career!)

Jádson give the lead for São Paulo in the first half injury time, but Benedetto’s penalty in the second half helped Arsenal leave the encounter with a point. São Paulo, though, will also have to deal with the loss of Luis Fabiano, who received a red card in the final few minutes of the match. As a result, he will be suspended for the away leg that will take place in a week. In between, São Paulo will also have to face the Brazilian club Palmeiras in the league during the weekend.

São Paulo currently top of the Brazilian with a two-point advantage despite having played a game less than their rivals. They have 22 points from the nine matches played so far. “He is our goalscorer but we have a very strong squad and we will look for three points next time. I only heard about the red later when I arrived in the changing room, I don’t know what happened. My confidence is growing, I want to start as soon as possible,” said Ganso. The 23-year-old Brazilian has two goals from nine matches this season.