Flamengo vs Bahia 2018 Brazilian Serie A: Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Fixture: Flamengo vs Bahia, Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018, Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.
Flamengo vs Bahia Match Preview
Flamengo are enjoying a phenomenal form under Mauricio Barbieri at the start of the new season. They hold the very top of the standings in Serie A and they are through to the knockout stage of Copa Libertadores finishing the group just two points short of Argentinian River Plate. Can Mengao maintain the superb streak and hold the leading position after mid-week home clash with the bottom-half Bahia?
The hosts are certainly massive favourites ahead of the tie, especially if we know that they conceded just one goal in last five games at Maracana in all competitions. That goal, however, came in the previous home tie in the league which saw Vasco da Gama leave country’s biggest stadium undefeated (1-1 draw). Nonetheless, Barbieri’s troops bounced back beating one of the main contenders for the title Atletico Mineiro 0-1 away from home at the weekend.
Flamengo vs Bahia: Head-to-head
The head to head stats also favour Flamengo who won 3, drew 3 and lost just 1 of 7 home clashes against Bahia.
Mengao won each of last two encounters against Tricolor with the impressive 5-1 goal difference along the way.
Both teams were on the scoresheet in four of last five head to head fixtures.
Flamengo vs Bahia: Predictions
Bahia started the season in a slower fashion announcing the new battle for avoiding the relegation to Serie B. However, Guto Ferreira looks to have found the winning formula as his men bagged seven without conceding a single in back-to-back wins over Blooming (4-0 in Copa Sudamericana reverse fixture) and Vasco da Gama (3-0 last weekend in Serie A).
It will be interesting to see if these victories can help Tricolor on such a tough away clash against the table-toppers Flamengo. Ferreira’s biggest concern ahead of the trip to Rio de Janeiro will be his team’s form on travels as Bahia lost each of three away games so far in the league without scoring a single goal in the process.
Bahia lost all of three away fixtures by two or more goals and we can hardly imagine a better scenario for them against the division leaders on Thursday evening. The home win is a banker at 1.44, while you can alternatively try with the hosts to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 1.72.
Flamengo vs Bahia: Betting Tips
- Flamengo to win @ 1.44
- Flamengo to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72.