Santos vs Fluminense
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Thursday, 2 May 2019
Kick-Off 23:15 UK / 00:15 CET
Venue: Vila Belmiro (Santos).
Santos made one of the biggest upsets on the opening round beating Gremio 1-2 on Sunday afternoon away in Porto Alegre. It was a stunning start for the former Argentinian national team manager Jorge Sampaoli in Serie A.
Peixe will be looking to build on this win and make it two on the bounce in the last game of second Matchday on Thursday evening when Fluminense come to visit Vila Belmiro.
Tricolor go into this in completely opposite spirits. The visitors shockingly fell 0-1 at home to recently-promoted Goias last weekend. They also failed to make it to Campeonato Carioca 1 final. On the bright side, Fluminense did pass the fourth round of Copa do Brasil even though they did not shine there either.
Tricolor almost dropped a two-goal cushion from the first leg of the tie against Fortaleza as they needed penalties to advance after losing the return fixture 2-0 on the road. Peixe are still in Copa do Brasil as well thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win over Vasco da Gama in the fourth round.
Santos vs Fluminense: Head-to-head
Santos have a chance to make it all square at 16 wins apiece in their head to head record with Tricolor with a three-pointer here.
Peixe were much more successful in matches on the home patch where they won 9, drew 4 and lost just 4 of 17 meetings with Fluminense.
Santos won two and drew one of past three clashes with Tricolor without conceding a single goal in the process.
Santos vs Fluminense: Prediction
The hosts head into this as clear favourites based on form, momentum and head to head record at Vila Belmiro. On top of this, we have to say Fluminense struggled badly to pull off results on travels in the previous term of Serie A.
Tricolor won 3, drew 4 and lost as many as 12 of 19 away fixtures in the league last season. They are up against in-form Santos who shocked one of main title candidates Gremio in the inaugural round. Anything but a clean sheet win for the hosts would be a surprise here.
Santos vs Fluminense: Bet Tips
Santos to win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Santos to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83 (5/6).