Flamengo vs Botafogo
Brazil Serie A
Date: Saturday, 21 July 2018
Kick-Off at 23:00 UK
Venue: Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro).
14th round of Brazilian Serie A is going to be opened with a derby match between Flamengo and Botafogo. The hosts are having a very good campaign so far as they are sitting on the top of the table being one point ahead of Sao Paulo.
However, in the last two matches they snatched just a point and they should get back on winning track if they want to remain on the 1st place. Paolo Guerrero and the lads are doing a very good job in front of the opposition’s goal, while their defence is one of the best in the competition.
Flamengo are performing excellent at home ground as they allowed just one defeat in front of their fans.
Botafogo are positioned in the middle of the table, but they are not too far from catching up the top six. They’ve been in variable form as they booked two victories in the last five rounds.
Marcos Paqueta’s side is pretty productive, but their defence should have been tighter. Their away performances are not so good as they managed to get back home with a win only once from seven outings.
Flamengo vs Botafogo: Head-to-head
Flamengo have been slightly more successful in their recent head to head clashes as they managed to win three times in the last five occasions. We haven’t seen a draw in those five encounters while only once in the last seven matches the crowd was able to see more than two goals.
Flamengo vs Botafogo: Prediction
Although they are not in a very good form lately, Flamengo should be able to use the opportunity of playing in front of the home fans to book a very valuable victory. It would keep them on the top and boost their confidence for the upcoming period.
As their head to head clashes are pretty tight, this one shouldn’t be much different and we shouldn’t expect to see more than two goals. Flamengo’s defence is pretty tight and the hosts should control the tempo of the match.
Flamengo vs Botafogo: Bet Tips
Home win @ 2.20
Under 2.5 FT @ 1.60.