Botafogo vs Vitoria
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 1 October 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Before traveling to Coritiba last weekend, Botafogo had scored three goals in their previous five away matches combined. Yet, they scored just as many in Curitiba, which is exactly how many they needed to beat the hosts, 3-2, in a crazy game that saw Botafogo go 1-0 down, 2-1 up, get equalized in the 83rd minute, but still finding answer in the 84th, to pick up all three points. They are the only Brasileirao team to have four consecutive wins, they have climbed 6th in the table, and this game against Vitoria is an awesome opportunity to make it five out of five.
From picking up just one point in back-to-back home games, Vitoria went to beating Atletico Mineiro 3-1(!) away from home(!!). It feels… surreal, but they have four consecutive wins as guests, beating teams like Flamengo and Corinthians. Including a goalless draw against Cruzeiro, they are undefeated in their last five games away from Salvador. Their triumph in Belo Horizonte last weekend pulled them out of the relegation zone, and they are now sitting 16th in the table, a single point above Sao Paulo and Ponte Preta, the first teams right below the relegation line.
Previous 5 matches:
Coritiba vs Botafogo 2-3
Gremio vs Botafogo 1-0
Botafogo vs Santos 2-0
Botafogo vs Gremio 0-0
Botafogo vs Flamengo 2-0
Atletico Mineiro vs Vitoria 1-3
Vitoria vs Sao Paulo 1-2
Vitoria vs Fluminense 2-2
Coritiba vs Vitoria 0-1
Corinthians vs Vitoria 0-1
Botafogo’s next game is on Wednesday, October 11, again at home, versus Chapecoense. A day later, Vitoria will be hosting Sport Recife (both Brazil Serie A matches).
Botafogo vs Vitoria: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Botafogo, two draws, and one victory for Vitoria in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro. Only one of those five matches (Vitoria’s win) went over 2.5 goals.
Botafogo vs Vitoria: Prediction
Botafogo are the hottest team in Brazil right now, but Vitoria have four consecutive wins away from home, playing very… gutsy football. Super tricky game, one in which I feel it’s worth risking backing the visitors to earn at least a draw.
Botafogo vs Vitoria: Betting Tips
Vitoria’s double chance pays 2.15, which I prefer to Botafogo’s win at just 1.62.
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