Fluminense vs Botafogo RJ
Brasileiro Serie A
Date: Thursday, 13th July 2017
Kick-off at 1:00 UK/ 2:00 CET
Venue: Maracana (Rio de Janeiro).
Fluminense were expected to do better considering their positive start to the season. However, they did struggle to get wins since June and moved down a couple of places in the league table.
They have now drawn three on the bounce, including last weekend’s 1-1 draw against a struggling Bahia. Moreover, they have won just once in the last 8, a big downfall since picking up 3 wins from the first four matches of the season.
Botafogo ended their losing streak last weekend by holding Atletico-MG to a 1-1 draw. They lost 2 on the bounce prior to that, 2-0 at Corinthians and 1-0 at home to Avai.
Away from home, Botafogo have struggled this season. They managed to win just once so far from six game. Also, failed to find the back of the net on four occasions.
Fluminense vs Botafogo: Head-to-head
There is little to choose between the two teams as they share 2 wins each from the last four duels.
Fluminense’s home record against Botafogo is pretty solid with 4 wins coming from the last 6 meetings, with a draw and a defeat.
Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings at the Maracana.
Fluminense vs Botafogo: Prediction
Fluminense are the team on better form, but they need to stary converting these draws into wins. Last time, they were held to a 3-3 draw at home by a struggling Chapeco.
Botafogo play well at home, but they have been way below their usual best in road games this season. So, both teams have known weaknesses. Therefore, expect this to be a cagey affair with both managers prioritizing to avoid a defeat.
Fluminense vs Botafogo: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 1.95 by Bet365.
A decent alternative is to bank on Over 0.5 goal in first half for 1.44 odds.