Botafogo vs Cruzeiro
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Kick-Off at 23:30 UK / 00:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Nilton Santos, Rio de Janeiro.
Botafogo could not do much to avoid the 4-0 disaster away at Gremio at the weekend, failing to back up a solid defensive performance in a 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Sport Recife.
Can they recover from such a tough defeat on Wednesday evening when they are about to tackle another top-half side in the likes of Cruzeiro?
Raposa are generally enjoying a decent campaign in this term. They sit seventh with a four-point deficit to the top-six sides.
Improvements in team’s performances on the road are required if Mano Menezes and his men are to challenge Copa Libertadores positions next year.
Speaking of the strongest continental competition, Cruzeiro made it to the quarter-final, beating Flamengo 2-1 on aggregate in the last 16 round tie.
Botafogo vs Cruzeiro: Head-to-head
Cruzeiro have a positive H2H record against Fogao with 15 wins and 11 losses in 34 outings.
However, they only won 3 of 16 matches at Estadio Nilton Santos, having suffered eight defeats in the process.
Four of last five H2H games saw fewer than three goals scored.
Botafogo vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
The visitors were very tough to break down in the last couple of weeks, but Menezes has huge issues with his team’s showings on travels.
Raposa notched no more than five goals in 11 away fixtures this season and they might struggle to create up front here at Nilton Santos as well.
Botafogo have been struggling for the right form throughout the entire season basically, but they’ve been quite consistent in keeping things tight at the back in front of the home fans.
They shipped just seven goals in 10 home outings this season and they have a fine record of five wins, four draws and a single defeat at Nilton Santos so far.
Based on everything written above, the Under 2.5 goals FT looks to be the safest of betting options. It can be backed at the 1.53 odds here.
Punters who’d like to try with longshots can chase the draw at 3.00.
Botafogo vs Cruzeiro: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.50 (1/2)
Draw @ 3.00 (2/1).