Bahia vs Sport Recife
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Kick-Off at 23:30 UK / 00:30 CET
Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador.
The Northeast Battle is set to open the mid-week Matchday in the top flight of the Brazilian football as Bahia host regional rivals Sport Recife on Wednesday evening at Arena Fonte Nova.
The tension is expected to be at the highest level possible with just two points separating the sides after 22 rounds of the competition.
The visitors, who sit two points behind and are still in the drop zone, will come into it with an improved confidence after beating Parana 1-0 at the weekend.
The victory ended the poor streak of eight defeats and a draw in past nine league ties for Leao da Ilha and also marked the inaugural victory for Eduardo Baptista who took charge last month.
Bahia vs Sport Recife: Head-to-head
Bahia have a positive record coming into the landmark 20th derby with Sport Recife.
Leao da Ilha, however, won each of last three meetings with Bahia.
Tricolor Bahiaco have been much more successful in matches at Arena Fonte Nova where they won six out of seven encounters with Sport Recife.
Just one of last five H2H ties saw three or more goals scored.
Bahia vs Sport Recife: Prediction
Bahia also made the change on the bench midway through the season, but the new head coach Enderson Moreira is yet to instill the winning mentality into his troops who only manage to pick up results occasionally.
Much like their regional rivals, they struggle badly for goals and they’ll come into this after failing to find the net in three of last four league outings.
Nevertheless, Bahia do play incomparably better in front of the home crowd where they lost just one of last ten games in the competition.
Knowing about their impressive H2H record with Sport Recife in games at Arena Fonte Nova, we just have to go for the home win at the 1.72 odds.
Also, Leao da Ilha are on a horrific streak of six straight losses on travels and they scored just once in last five away fixtures.
The affair is of a massive importance for both sides which is why we see the Under 2.5 goals FT as a banker bet at 1.61 odds.
Bahia vs Sport Recife: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.60 (3/5)
Bahia to win @ 1.75 (3/4).