Flamengo vs Santos
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Maracana (Rio de Janeiro).
Flamengo host Santos in the derby of the mid-week Matchday on Thursday at Estadio de Maracana. The hosts will thus continue a thread of tough fixtures having drawn to the likes of Palmeiras and Sao Paulo recently. These two draws halted their push for the title as pace-setters Palmeiras escaped on a six-goal margin at the very top of the Serie A standings. If Mengao are to challenge the silverware, they simply need to claim the spoils when Santos come to visit Maracana.
Peixe once again had quite a turbulent campaign in the elite class of Brazilian football. Nevertheless, they did find the wanted rhythm in the very finish of the season. The team led by Cuca were on a thread of four wins and a draw before falling to Palmeiras in a five-goal thriller at Estadio do Pacambeu last weekend. Cuca’s troops were unlucky to concede the match winner 19 minutes from time on the occasion.
Flamengo vs Santos: Head-to-head
Santos have always been a tricky opposition to Mengao.
Peixe won three and drew one of past four head to head meetings with Flamengo.
Each of these four games saw goals scored at both ends.
Mengao were, however, better in matches at Maracana where they won 10 and lost 6 of 21 outings against Peixe.
Flamengo vs Santos: Prediction
Both teams have been thriving in the final third recently and this is a textbook example of a BTTS pick clash. Mengao notched two or more goals in four of last five Serie A fixtures, while Santos did the same in all of past three league outings of their own.
With predators such as Lucas Paqueta (10 goals in the season for Flamengo) and Gabriel Barbosa (16 goals for Santos this term), we just have to expect goals. The home win & BTTS pick is a decent longshot for the more adventurous punters.
Flamengo vs Santos: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 2.05 (21/20)
Flamengo to win & BTTS @ 4.50 (7/2).