Sao Paulo vs Botafogo 2018 Brazilian Serie A: Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Fixture: Sao Paulo vs Botafogo
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018, Kick-Off at 01:00 UK
Venue: Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo (Sao Paulo).
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo: Preview
Sao Paulo have been in fine form and they come into their Matchday 8 clash against Botafogo looking to build on their Serie A top 4 spot, sitting just a point behind the table-toppers Flamengo after seven games played. They have beaten both Santos and America Mineiro in two very important clashes since mid-May and Diego Aguirre’s men will surely be very confident as they try to build on such a streak.
Tricolor have thus also connected a ten-game unbeaten streak across competitions and we’ve regularly seen them impress in the attacking third, being a very tough side to outgun and beat since early April. Causing upsets at Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo has been an even tougher task and it does feel the visitors could have their hands full once again.
Botafogo come into the match amid a very unpredictable spell of form and on the back of a 1-1 draw against Vitoria, failing to connect any two same results since two draws midway through April. They’ve struggled on the road and suffered narrow losses at Cruzeiro and America Mineiro in their last two outings, which could be even more worrying.
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo: Head-to-head
We’ve seen a goalless draw in the side’s last head-to-head clash, as they shared the spoils at Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho in November 2017.
Sao Paulo have bagged four wins in last six matchups against Botafogo, with just one loss on the record.
We’ve seen three or more goals in just one of their last four games.
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo: Prediction
We will now back Sao Paulo to capitalize on the rivals’ woes away from home and bag all three points, where a Home win comes at a good-looking 1.72. Botafogo have struggled away from home and this could prove costly on the day as well, as Aguirre’s men look to capitalize on it.
We do feel we’ll see more goals this time around as Sao Paulo regularly score and concede more goals at this ground recently. With that in mind, we’ll also back Over 2.5 goals FT at 2.15 and hope for an early goal – which should result in a somewhat unconventional clash between the sides.
Predicted result will be a home win for Sao Paulo in a high scoring match.
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo: Betting Tips
- Home win @ 1.72
- Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.15