Fluminense vs Botafogo
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 9 September 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.
Fluminense had all in their hands against the table-toppers Sao Paulo last weekend when Anderson Martins’ own goal gave them the lead at the time they had already had an extra man on the pitch.
Nevertheless, Tricolor failed to hold on to it allowing the leaders to get back on level terms and save a point in front of the home fans at Morumbi.
Flu were denied two big points and they are now still threatened to be dropped down to the red zone which is only four points away after 22 rounds of the competition.
On the other hand, the draw away at red-hot Sao Paulo can certainly raise the spirits in the dressing room and boost up team’s confidence ahead of Sunday’s tie with Botafogo at Maracana.
The visitors are just one point below in the ladder, but they’ve been struggling badly with the form in the most recent period.
Fluminense vs Botafogo: Head-to-head
- The head to head stats is all level at 22 wins apiece coming into 61st encounter between the two teams.
- Fluminense were on a streak of two wins and a draw before falling 2-1 away at Nilton Santos in this term of Serie A.
- Tricolor won 14, drew 8 and lost 8 of 30 home games against Botafogo.
Fluminense vs Botafogo: Prediction
Botafogo come into this in much lower spirits following a dreadful thread of six defeats and a draw in past seven away games across competitions.
They suffered a real disaster falling 4-0 at Gremio in the previous away fixture and they scored just one goal on last six away days in the league.
Knowing that Fluminense picked up three clean sheet wins in last five games on the home patch, we can hardly go past backing them to win and to keep their net untouched against the struggling opposition on Sunday.
Fluminense vs Botafogo: Bet Tips
Fluminense to win @ 13/10 (2.30)
Fluminense to keep a clean sheet @ 6/4 (2.50).