Flamengo vs Sport Recife
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 29 July 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.
Sport Recife’s form looks to have hit a massive stumbling block as they lost three on the bounce coming into the trip to Rio de Janeiro for the Flamengo clash at Maracana. Such streak brought the slide down to 12th place in the Serie A ladder as a result. To make things worse for Claudinei Oliveira’s troops, the thread will hardly come to an end against the table-toppers Flamengo who have been enjoying a thrilling form ever since the season started.
Mengao barely clinched the top-six finish in the previous term of Serie A, but they look to be genuine contenders for the crowd this time about. They are two points clear at the top of the standings after 15 rounds and they have a nice chance to extend the gap with a much easier fixture this weekend (compared to the second-placed Sao Paulo).
Flamengo vs Sport Recife: Head-to-head
The head to head stats also speak in Flamengo’s favour.
Mengao won 10, drew 6 and lost only 4 of 20 meetings with Leao.
Flamengo were especially dominant in matches at Maracana where they won 7, drew 3 and lost 1 of 11 so far.
Interestingly, none of last five head to head games between these two likes saw goals at both ends.
Flamengo vs Sport Recife: Prediction
Flamengo drew 1-1 to Santos in mid-week tie as Mauricio Barbieri has reasons to be satisfied by his lads’ performance against such a string opponent. At home, Flamengo have been almost impeccable so far in the season and they’ll head into this off the back of four wins in last five matches at Maracana. They kept clean sheets in each of these four victories.
Sport Recife were struggling badly for goals of late. They scored just once in last four games, three of which saw them lose. Moving forward, Oliveira’s side took no more than a single point from last five league fixtures. The home win pop up as the banker bet at 1.44 odds, while everything points out to another clean sheet for Mengao as well, a bet that can be backed at 1.72.
Flamengo vs Sport Recife: Bet Tips
Flamengo to win @ 1.44
Flamengo to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72.