Fluminense vs Palmeiras
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Kick-Off at 23:30 UK / 00:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.
Tough schedule is about to be continued for Palmeiras who travel to Rio de Janeiro to take on Fluminense at famous Estadio Maracana to play their third game in seven days on Wednesday evening.
Last term runners-up picked up four points from matches against Santos and Atletico Mineiro after a summer break and another success here would boost up their title aspirations.
Verdao climbed up to fifth in the Serie A ladder, but runaway leaders and Fluminense’s fierce rivals Flamengo are seven points adrift at the very top of the standings, meaning there is no room for mistakes for Roger Machado’s side.
Flu sit in the middle of the league ladder, but they’ll come into this high on confidence after beating Sport Recife 1-2 on the road at the weekend.
It was their top scorer Pedro whose brace inspired the much-important away victory. Can the Brazilian forward keep the hot run of form going and score here against Palmeiras?
Fluminense vs Palmeiras: Head-to-head
- Verdao entirely dominated this match-up in the last couple of years.
- Palmeiras won as many as five straight meetings with Tricolor.
- Fluminense scored just one goal in last four clashes against Verdao.
- Overall, teams have six wins apiece in matches at Maracana.
Fluminense vs Palmeiras: Prediction
Holding Pedro down will be the recipe to success for Palmeiras here. Fluminense’s predator is the league’s joint top scorer with nine goals to his name so far in the season.
Nevertheless, the visitors also have a strong firepower on display up front, led by Willian who notched seven goals so far in the campaign.
Palmeiras’ goals can generally come from anywhere which is their biggest strength compared to Flu. It was midfielder Bruno Henrique who notched two goals in weekend’s 3-2 win over top-half rivals Atletico Mineiro.
Given that both teams will come into the match in high spirits, backing goals at both ends pops up as the best of the betting options here. The value is with Palmeiras to win & BTTS, a bet priced up at 4.75.
Fluminense vs Palmeiras: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.95
Palmeiras to win & BTTS @ 4.75.