Flamengo vs Gremio
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Kick-Off at 23:45 UK / 00:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Maracana (Rio de Janeiro).
Flamengo took advantage of Palmeiras’ slip up against the rock-bottomed Parana side to narrow the gap at the very top of the standings down to five points. They still have an uphill battle to fight to try and challenge the title in remaining three rounds of the campaign, but the dream is still alive after back-to-back wins over Santos and Sport Recife.
Nevertheless, Urubu do have quite a complicated schedule in last three games of the season. It starts with a tough tie against the fourth-placed Gremio on Wednesday evening at Maracana. The visitors have been in good touch lately winning 10 out of possible 12 points in past four rounds. Such fine spell of form helped them break into the top-four in the league ladder and they now have a nice chance to secure the group phase of Copa Libertadores for the next season.
Flamengo vs Gremio: Head-to-head
The head to head record fancies Gremio who lead the tie by five wins coming into their 38th encounter with Urubu.
Flamengo were much more successful in H2H games on the home patch though. Urubu won 12, drew 2 and lost just 5 of 19 home outings against Imortal Tricolor.
Just one of past six head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.
Flamengo vs Gremio: Prediction
Dorival Junior can be satisfied with his team’s defensive displays of late. Urubu kept their net untouched in last two league matches. However, they might struggle at the other end here given Gremio were also pretty tough to break down in recent outings.
The visitors allowed just two goals in last four league matches and they will come into this off the back of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Chapecoense at the weekend. Given the match has a massive importance for the shape of the very top of the ladder, we do expect a rather more careful approach from both managers. The Under 2.5 goals FT looks to be the best bet in such circumstances.
Flamengo vs Gremio: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53 (8/15)
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.37 (11/8).