Flamengo vs Sao Paulo
Brazil Serie A
Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
Kick-Off at 01:45 UK
Venue: Maracana (Rio de Janeiro).
Flamengo host Sao Paulo for the derby clash on Serie A Matchday 13 on Thursday looking to build on their top spot with all-important home points and extend a great spell of form seen recently. They’ve bagged six wins and three draws in nine outings ahead of the break and we do believe Mauricio Barbieri has used the break to lift their team spirits.
Mengao have held Palmeiras to a 1-1 draw on the road and thus ended a streak of five consecutive wins seen beforehand but we don’t feel they’ll be distraught, as we’ve seen an impressive home side at Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho – which should now have them just as motivated once again.
Sao Paulo sit just four points behind with two wins in a row now behind them, as they beat Atletico PR and Vitoria. However, they’ve struggled more against the big guns beforehand and this could be more worrying, as Diego Aguirre’s men saw quite a convincing 3-1 loss at Palmeiras and just an unconvincing draw against Internacional in two games beforehand.
Flamengo vs Sao Paulo: Head-to-head
Sao Paulo have beaten the rivals 2-0 in the last head-to-head clash at Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho.
Flamengo have seen a four-game unbeaten streak beforehand, with two wins and two draws since August 2015.
We’ve seen Under 2.5 goals in all of the last three head-to-head clashes.
Flamengo vs Sao Paulo: Prediction
We’ll now back Flamengo to build on their fine form ahead of the break and bag all three points on the day, which comes priced at 2.00. They’re in for a tough challenge but we’ve seen them in great shape at this ground and we do see them outclassing the rivals.
Indeed, Sao Paulo have struggled to regularly score numbers of goals and could thus have troubles coping on the day, which also has us going for a narrow contest for points and Under 2.5 goals FT at 1.60 once again. We regularly see such matchups between the sides and we do hope for another such occasion now!
Flamengo vs Sao Paulo: Bet Tips
Home win @ 2.00
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.60.