Cruzeiro vs Vasco da Gama
South America – Copa Libertadores
Date: Thursday, 5 April 2018
Kick-Off at 01:45 UK
Venue: Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto (Belo Horizonte).
Cruzeiro and Vasco da Gama will head into the all-Brazilian clash in the second round of the Group 5 in poor spirits. They’ve both suffered initial losses and their H2H tie could well significantly complicate things for the losing side here.
Gigante da Colina had to go through qualifications to reach the main draw of the competition for the first time in six years. Ze Ricardo’s men have almost dropped the four-goal cushion in the first leg against Wilstermann there allowing the Bolivian outfit to clinch the 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture on home soil. However, Vasco were lucky to advance on penalties. The start in the group phase was not an impressive one, though, with Ze Ricardo’s men falling 0-1 to Universidad de Chile on the home patch.
Raposa also lost their opening fixture 4-2 away at racing Club. They will be hoping to back up fine displays from Campeonato Mineiro 1 where Mano Menezes’ men have made their way to the final. They have a hard tough to annul the 3-1 deficit from the first leg against Atletico Mineiro there. Rafinha, Rafael Sobis, Thiago Neves and Fred are hosts’ main stars and they are expected to lead the team against fellow countrymen here.
Cruzeiro vs Vasco da Gama: Head-to-head
Cruzeiro have been much more successful in the history of head to head clashes.
Raposa have won 16 and lost only 9 ahead of landmark 30th encounter with Vasco da Gama.
Cruzeiro have been particularly dominant in front of the home crowd where they’ve won 9 and lost only 2 of 14 games.
Cruzeiro vs Vasco da Gama: Prediction
Vasco have been playing ultra-attacking football of late and each of their last four games have ended in the same 2-3 scoreline. They’ve win three of these four ties.
Given that Cruzeiro have shown defensive woes against both Racing Club and Atletico Mineiro, we have reasons to expect a goal fest here.
Backing goals at both ends is our top betting suggestion, while you can alternatively try with Vasco to score two or more goals at the sky-high 3.75 odds.
Cruzeiro vs Vasco da Gama: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 2.00
Vasco da Gama Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 3.75