Sao Paulo vs Botafogo
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 27 April 2019
Kick-Off 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Morumbi (Sao Paulo).
Sao Paulo and Botafogo will open curtain on the new Brasilieirao season on Saturday evening at Estadio Morumbi. The hosts had a much more intriguing pre-season as they went all the way to the final in Paulista A1 State Championship. Tricolor fell 1-2 in aggregate to the likes of Corinthians in the huge Campeonato Paulista final, but they should be in much stronger competitive form than their rivals.
Estrela Solitaria failed even to go beyond the group phase of their respective Campeonato Carioca 1. They came fourth in Group C of Taca Rio winning only two of six games in the process. Moving forward, they fell to lower-division Juventude 2-3 on aggregate in the third round of Copa do Brasil earlier this month.
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo: Head-to-head
The head to head record favours Sao Paulo who lead the tie by five wins ahead of 34th meeting with Estrela Solitaria.
Tricolor won 9, drew 3 and lost 4 of 16 home clashes with Botafogo.
Outfits last met each other back in late-September last year when they shared spoils in a 2-2 draw at Stadio Olimpico Nilton Santos.
At least four goals were scored in three of last four head to head affairs.
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo: Prediction
On top of the mentioned form, Sao Paulo are heavy favourites bases on their superb home record in the previous term of Brasilieirao. They won 10, drew 8 and lost just 1 of 19 home outings last season conceding no more than 13 goals in the process.
The head coach Cuca will obviously rely on the rock-solid defensive line this season too. The hosts kept four consecutive clean sheets in Campeonato Paulista A1 before the 2-1 loss away at Corinthians in the reverse fixture of competition’s final last weekend.
Botafogo, on the other side, lost as many as 11 of 19 away clashes last season in Serie A. The home win to nil is the only logical betting option here.
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo: Bet Tips
Sao Paulo to win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Sao Paulo to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83 (5/6).