Botafogo vs Nacional
Date: Thursday, 10th August 2017
Kick off at 23:15 UK/ 00:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Nilton Santos.
Botafogo were lucky to grab the away win from Montevideo a month ago in spite of the fact that the Uruguayan side dominated the pitch throughout the entire course of the game.
Everything still remains open as Nacional are looking to take advantage of the poor form Fogao have been showing over the last couple of weeks.
The hosts slide down to the 11th position of the Serie A standings after a series of three consecutive fixtures without a single victory.
Jair Ventura’s side were especially vulnerable at the back having conceded five goals in back-to-back home defeats to the likes of Sao Paulo and Palmeiras.
Botafogo have previously topped the group of death featuring teams such as Barcelona, Estudiantes and Atletico Nacional (the defending champions).
The Uruguayan team came second in their respective group beating Chapecoense and Zulia in a generally dismal campaign when compared to the one they had last year when the team reached the quarterfinal (loss to Boca Juniors on penalties).
Martin Lasarte’s side is currently on the break in the top flight of the Uruguayan football, but they showed a decent attacking shape last Thursday when they saw off Argentine Banfield 3-2 in a friendly on the home patch.
Botafogo vs Nacional: Head to head
The clash from early-July at Estadio Gran Parque Central in Montevideo was the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
It was Joao Paula whose goal just before the break made all the difference in spite of Nacional’s domination.
Botafogo vs Nacional: Prediction
We’d not be surprised to see the visitors making an upset here given the poor defensive performances Fogao have been showing recently.
We do expect to witness an entertaining match packed with goals scoring chances on both ends.
Botafogo vs Nacional: Bet Tips
The best of the betting options would be Over 2.5 goals FT at the sky-high 2.49 odds offered by Pinnacle.
For the more adventurous punters, Nacional to win & BTTS is priced up at 10.00 odds.