Bahia vs Corinthians
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 14 June 2018
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
Finally a point for Bahia, a team that makes… little sense. Last weekend, they drew 3-3 with Botafogo at home, their first point after three defeats in a row, but it should be mentioned that they played with an extra man in the entire second half, and even so, they conceded two goals in that period, salvaging a point with a goal in added time. Before scoring three past Botafogo, they hadn’t scored any goals in three matches, and before that, they had beaten Vasco da Gama 3-0 (hence the “little sense”). They remain without a full-time coach, with their president saying on Monday that they’ll finalize a deal with one of those they have in mind, the first few days after the game versus Corinthians. They are on just nine points (all earned at home), below the relegation line.
Slap after slap after slap… Corinthians leave you wondering if they are really… Corinthians. Six games with Osmar Loss on the bench, just one victory, three defeats, two draws, including that goalless one at home last weekend, a super disappointing result for them. They were in desperate need of all three points to bounce back, they were hosting the team that have conceded more goals than any other in the Série A, and still, they failed to score. They have players missing, that’s true, but… Corinthians shouldn’t need to have a full squad to beat a team like Vitória. Goalkeeper Cássio and right-back Fágner are in Russia, with their national team. Defender Balbuena and winger Romero are also missing, on duty with Paraguay’s national team. Another winger, Clayson, as well as midfielders Ralf and Renê Júnior have been training after recovering from injuries, but won’t reappear until after the World Cup finals.
Previous five matches:
Bahia vs Botafogo 3-3
Parana vs Bahia 1-0
Bahia vs Gremio 0-2
Flamengo vs Bahia 2-0
Bahia vs Vasco da Gama 3-0
Corinthians vs Vitoria 0-0
Corinthians vs Santos 1-1
Flamengo vs Corinthians 1-0
Corinthians vs America Mineiro 1-0
Internacional vs Corinthians 2-1
Both teams’ next official game is right after the World Cup finals.
Bahia vs Corinthians: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Bahia, two for Corinthians as well, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Salvador.
Bahia vs Corinthians: Prediction
It’s almost… shameful for Corinthians to be considered such underdogs playing at Bahia, but… their recent performances have been pitiful, so… Still, I’m counting on them to show some well-meant pride, and leave Salvador undefeated.
Bahia vs Corinthians: Betting Tips
Corinthians’ double chance pays 1.75. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 2.62. If you… hunt super low odds and combine several of those in the same ticket, Corinthians’ +1.5 Asian handicap pays 1.22. Football can be… insane, but a Bahia win by two goals (or more) in this game feels practically impossible.