Flamengo vs Emelec
Date: Thursday, 17 May 2018
Kick-Off at 01:45 UK / 02:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.
Flamengo have a chance to book tickets for the knockout stage of Copa Libertadores with a win in the fifth round clash against the rock-bottomed Emelec side. Mengao currently sit two points above Santa Fe in third, but with this game in hand on the Colombian outfit, meaning that victory here would push them five points clear with just one game left to play.
Furthermore, the hosts would reduce the gap behind the group leaders River Plate down to two ahead of the clash with the Argentine giants in what would be the battle for the top spot in the Group 4 on the final day.
Emelec lost three on the bounce in the competition (just one point in four games) and they don’t quite have much to hope for here, A win would move them level on points with Santa Fe and keep them in the contest for the second-place finish ahead of the last round, but it only comes down to theory given they just lack the quality to stun the likes of Flamengo on the road.
Flamengo vs Emelec: Head-to-head
This will be sixth head to head match between Flamengo and Emelec.
Mengao have been the dominant force so far, winning 4 of 5 previous encounters.
Flamengo notched two or more goals in each of last four meetings with El Bombillo.
This term’s clash saw Flamengo snatch a 1-2 victory away at Estadio Banco del Pacifico in the second round.
Flamengo vs Emelec: Prediction
Emelec have been dreadful travellers for a while now. They will come into this off the back off five defeats and a draw in last six away games in all competitions. They conceded two or more goals in each of these five losses.
Mengao possess a very talented attacking lineup led by the likes of Henrique Dourado (this term’s acquisition) and Vinicius Junior who have combined the four-goal tally so far in Copa Libertadores.
They should definitely have plenty of room to create in the final third on Wednesday evening, meaning the hosts to win by two or more goals looks to be a wise call at 2.05. Meantime, Flamengo to net two or more goals in this match can be considered as a banker bet.
Flamengo vs Emelec: Bet Tips
Flamengo Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.50
Flamengo -1.5 handicap @ 2.05.