Vitoria vs Flamengo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 15 April 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Vitória’s 20-year-old goalkeeper Caíque made a big mistake on Wednesday, a mistake that cost his team an added-time 2-1 defeat at Internacional, in the Copa do Brasil. Luckily for him there is a return leg in Salvador da Bahia, the coming week. Vitória are still… licking their wounds, after losing twice to city rivals Bahia in the finals of the State championship of Bahia. Last season they finished 16th in the Série A, level on points with Coritiba and Avaí, both of whom went down, while Vitória had the advantage over them, and got saved despite losing their last game at home to Flamengo. I repeat, they have the return leg against Internacional on Thursday, a massive game for them.
Flamengo are one of the few Série A teams that haven’t played an official game in over two weeks. Their last one was on March 28, a 1-0 defeat to Botafogo. They didn’t even come close to winning the State championship of Rio de Janeiro, but they have started their Copa Libertadores group campaign well, beating Emelec in Ecuador (with youngster Vinícius Júnior producing some moments of pure football magic), and drawing to River Plate in Rio. They won the Copa Sudamericana last season, and finished 6th in the Série A. Important detail; as of March 29 (the day after they lost to Botafogo), Fla are without a full-time coach. Carpegiani is no longer in charge, Maurício Barbieri has been training the team since then, he seems to have earned the players’ approval, but the club seem willing to sign a more experienced coach. Edgardo Bauza is a name that has been heard.
Previous five matches:
Internacional vs Vitoria 2-1
Vitoria vs Bahia 0-1
Bahia vs Vitoria 2-1
Vitoria vs Globo 3-1
Vitoria vs Bahia de Feira 3-2
Atletico Goianiense vs Flamengo 1-3
Flamengo vs Botafogo 0-1
Fluminense vs Flamengo 1-1
Flamengo vs Portuguesa RJ 1-2
Emelec vs Flamengo 1-2
Vitória’s next game is on Thursday, again at home, versus Internacional (Copa do Brasil). Flamengo are hosting Santa Fe on Wednesday (Copa Libertadores).
Vitoria vs Flamengo: Head to head Stats
Flamengo have three 2-1 wins in a row in Salvador da Bahia. Before that, the hosts had won 4-2, and another game had ended in a 1-1 draw.
Vitoria vs Flamengo: Prediction
Vitória have a big Copa do Brasil game coming up, but Flamengo have their own… distraction, as they are hosting a Libertadores game on Wednesday. All things considered, I’m backing Fla to win the game, because they didn’t play midweek, and have a far richer roster.
Vitoria vs Flamengo: Betting Tips
Flamengo’s win pays 2.30 and is my only tip, unless you are ok with their double chance at 1.36, little, but very-very probable to come good.
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