Botafogo vs Atletico Nacional
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 19 May 2017
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
Botafogo started their campaign in the group stage with two wins, at home over Estudiantes and then at Atletico Nacional, they did earn a draw at Barcelona, but two weeks ago they ‘managed’ to destroy many of the great impressions they had created, by losing at home to Barcelona, in a game that looked as if the Brazilians were only physically on the field, not mentally. Adding injury to insult, last weekend they lost again, 2-0, at Gremio, on the first day of the new Brazilian championship, looking again way below average. Center-forward Sassa is the one who paid the price, even before the team traveled to Gremio. The coach and the board of directors wanted the players to… wake up, Sassa made some public comments that were deemed insulting, showing disrespect towards the club, so he was left out of the squad that traveled to Gremio, and could miss this game against Atletico Nacional as well.
Atletico Nacional… wasted a whole round, they lost their first three group games, but in their last game they finally beat Estudiantes, 4-1, and despite being four points behind second-placed Botafogo with two games remaining, judging by what they have been telling the Press, they really believe they can turn things around, they can pull a historic comeback and qualify with three wins, after starting the group stage with three defeats. Last weekend they beat Patriotas Boyaca 1-0 away from home, another win for the Medellin side, who remain first in the table of Colombia’s championship 12 points above second-placed Medellin. Coach Reinaldo Rueda has an almost full squad, having rested some of his regulars in the last two domestic games, after beating Chapecoenese 4-1 in the return leg of the Recopa Sudamericana final to win the title (they had lost 2-1 in Brazil).
Botafogo vs Atletico Nacional: Head-to-head Stats
Botafogo beat Atletico Nacional 2-0 in Colombia earlier this season, in the first game ever between the two teams.
Botafogo vs Atletico Nacional: Prediction
Atletico Nacional are not the favorites in this game, but I am backing them to win, because despite their horrible start in the group stage, I still believe in them, I still expect them to qualify, finishing the group games with three wins in a row. This would be their second one.
Botafogo vs Atletico Nacional: Tips
Atletico’s win pays 3.30. I consider it more than good enough to avoid risking with number of goals and clean sheet or not.