Atletico Mineiro vs Botafogo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 29 October 2017
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
What a day, WHAT A DAY to be an Atletico Mineiro fan last weekend, when “Galo” played at Mineirao against their city rivals, Cruzeiro. If you were watching the game until the 60th minute, when Cruzeiro were 1-0 up missing one chance after another to extend their lead, and checked the final score online once the game was over, you would most probably click on “refresh” half a dozen times, just to make sure that “1-3” was not a mistake. It wasn’t. Totally, and I mean TOTALLY against the flow of the game, Atletico made it 1-1 in the 61st minute, and… that was it, as if from one second to another they clicked on a button and “decided” to win the match. Robinho scored their second, six minutes later, Cruzeiro looked… numb, and again Robinho, in an unforgettable night for him, scored an even more beautiful goal in the 81st minute, finishing the game off. Huge win for Atletico, who are sitting 10th in the table, still with chances to play Copa Libertadores football next season.
The whole of Brazil, those who follow the Brasileirao, owe Botafogo a big “obrigado”, a “thank you”, for beating Corinthians last weekend, and making the last game weeks even more interesting to watch. The sad part of “Fogao’s” win was that it took place in front of less than 10000 fans. They sold less than 8500 tickets, a pitiful number, absolutely pitiful, not just because this is Botafogo we are “talking” about, but also because Corinthians were the visitors, the second-most-followed team in the country (after Flamengo). Botafogo won 2-1, taking perfect advantage of their superiority when the ball was played high up. Both goals came from headers (no matter if in the first one a Botafogo player had to stretch his leg to push the ball in). Botafogo are now sitting 6th in the table, having serious chances of playing Copa Libertadores football next season.
Previous 5 matches:
Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro 1-3
Atletico Mineiro vs Chapecoense 2-3
Sport Recife vs Atletico Mineiro 1-1
Atletico Mineiro vs Sao Paulo 1-0
Londrina vs Atletico Mineiro 0-0
Botafogo vs Corinthians 2-1
Avai vs Botafogo 1-1
Vasco da Gama vs Botafogo 1-0
Botafogo vs Chapecoense 2-1
Botafogo vs Vitoria 2-3
Atletico’s next game is at Santos, on Saturday. Same day, Botafogo will be hosting Fluminense (both Brazil Serie A matches).
Atletico Mineiro vs Botafogo: Head to head Stats
Atletico have three consecutive wins over Botafogo as hosts, while the two games just before that streak of wins for them, both ended in a 2-2 draw. In total, three of their last five games in Belo Horizonte went over 2.5 goals.
Atletico Mineiro vs Botafogo: Prediction
Super interesting game, between two teams that come from their biggest, someone could say, wins of the season. Atletico are considered favorites to win, clear ones, but I’m backing Botafogo to earn at least a draw.
Atletico Mineiro vs Botafogo: Betting Tips
Botafogo’s double chance pays 1.95, better than Atletico’s win alone (1.75). “Both teams to score” is at 2.00.
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