Bahia vs Vitoria
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 22 July 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador.
Arena Fonte Nova will play host to the huge Salvador derby between Bahia and Vitoria on Sunday evening.
The tension will be at the highest possible level following the brawl and incidents which brought multiple red cards given on the occasion.
Moving forward, there are just two points to separate the two sides in the bottom half of the standings as the classic outcome might well have a huge impact on teams’ destinies at the end of the season.
Bahia are winless in five consecutive games in all competitions. The reason for such streak may be found in the lack of the efficiency in the final third as the hosts notched only one goal in the process.
It came on Thursday evening when they held Chapecoense to a 1-1 draw in as Serie A returned into action after the summer break.
Bahia vs Vitoria: Head-to-head
Bahia will come into this on the back of four subsequent victories in matches against Vitoria.
They are still seven wins behind in the overall head to head ratio against bitter local rivals.
Only two of last six H2H games saw goals at both ends.
The two teams played each other in the Campeonato Baiano 1 final in April when Bahia won 3-1 on aggregate (2-1 and 1-0).
Bahia vs Vitoria: Prediction
Vitoria will come into the derby in higher spirits following a super important 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Parana on Wednesday.
The success helped them escape the danger area, but it would gain even greater significance in case of another victory here against Bahia.
Vagner Mancini’s men will, however, have to fight without the support of their fans who won’t have the right to attend the classic at Arena Fonte Nova.
Based on everything written above, we truly believe this will be a very close game without too many goal-scoring chances at both ends.
The hosts are struggling badly for goals and they could face serious troubles breaking the solid defensive line of Vitoria’s down here.
The Under 2.5 goals FT is a banker bet at the odds of 1.70, while you can alternatively shoot for the draw at 3.30.
Bahia vs Vitoria: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.70
Draw @ 3.30.