Vasco da Gama vs Cruzeiro
South America – Copa Libertadores
Date: Thursday, 3 May 2018
Kick-Off at 01:45 UK
Venue: Estadio Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama (Rio de Janeiro).
Cruzeiro clinched their first victory of the campaign only in the fourth round of the group phase, but they’ve done it in some style. Raposa bagged as many as seven goals taking the most of the fact they had two extra men for almost the entire second half. Mano Menezes’ men were the dominant force on the pitch from the very first minute and their win has never been in doubt ever since Thiago Neves opened the scoring ten minutes into the game.
We all know how lethal Cruzeiro’s attacking line can be, and it’s just what the likes of Neves, Sassa and Rafael Sobis conformed last week. Sassa and Neves completed a brace each, while Sobis added one himself in the second half. The win brought Raposa back in the quest for the knockout stage of the competition. Can they build on it and see off the fellow Brazilian rivals Vasco da Gama away from home on Wednesday?
Vasco da Gama vs Cruzeiro: Head-to-head
Cruzeiro were much more successful in the history of the head to head matches against Vasco da Gama.
Raposa won 16, drew 7 and lost just 7 of 30 head to head ties with Cruzmaltino.
Interestingly, none of last three H2H affairs between these two likes saw both teams on the scoreline.
This includes the goalless draw back from a month ago when the two sides locked horns in the second round of Copa Libertadores.
Vasco da Gama vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
Vasco went through hell top qualify to the groups stage of the competition, going past Wilstemann only after penalties. Nevertheless, they are not doing well in the group 5 where they’ve claimed just two points in four games so far. A win here is thus an imperative for Ze Ricardo’s men.
Finding goals has been the biggest issue for the hosts so far as they only scored one in four Copa Libertadores outings ahead of this clash with the in-form Cruzeiro side. Raposa, on the other side, conceded just one in last four games across competitions, including the weekend’s goalless draw away at Internacional in Serie A.
We’ll shoot for the away win, priced up at 2.70, while backing BTTS – NO also has value at 2.00.
Vasco da Gama vs Cruzeiro: Bet Tips
Cruzeiro to win @ 2.70
BTTS – NO @ 2.00