Santos vs Botafogo
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Kick-Off at 23:00 UK / 00:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Urbano Caldeira (Santos).
Santos and Botafogo will come into their mid-week round tie in completely opposite moods. Estrela Solitaria kept their stellar form going at the weekend by seeing off the second-placed Internacional 1-0 at home. Botafogo were by no means the superior side on the pitch on the occasion, but they got a breakthrough through Erik’s goal at the death of the first half.
Ze Ricardo’s men held on to the lead keeping their third clean sheet in last four games. They made it four wins on the spin and actually overtook Peixe at the 9th-place of the Serie S standings as a consequence. Can they maintain such an amazing rhythm on Wednesday when they travel to Estadio Urbano Caldeira?
Santos vs Botafogo: Head-to-head
Santos were slightly more successful in the head to head history against Estrela Solitaria.
Peixe won 15, drew 8 and lost 11 of past 34 meetings with Botafogo.
Botafogo are, however, unbeaten in last two encounters with Santos who failed to score a single goal in the process (2-0 and 0-0).
Santos vs Botafogo: Prediction
The hosts were almost certain Copa Libertadores participants just a month ago. Nevertheless, they allowed a streak of four consecutive losses which dropped them down to 10th in the league ladder. The most recent of failures happened on Sunday when Peixe fell 2-1 away at recently-promoted America Mineiro.
Cuca’s men now have an uphill battle to fight in order to try and challenge the sixth place which is seven points away at the moment. With three games left to play, we can say it’s a mission impossible for Santos who will likely the Copa Sudamericana football next term.
Botafogo will come into this in much higher spirits and we will back them not to lose the match at 1.95 as the main betting option. They allowed one goal in last four Serie A outings and none in past two meetings with Santos. It gives a fantastic value to the 4.00 odds offered for Estrela Solitaria not to concede a goal here.
Santos vs Botafogo: Bet Tips
Botafogo or Draw @ 1.95 (19/20)
Botafogo to keep a clean sheet @ 4.00 (3/1).