Botafogo vs Bahia
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 20 October 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
This is Botafogo’s golden opportunity to… pay Bahia back, for what happened in the game between these two in the Copa Sudamericana something over two weeks ago. Botafogo won 2-1, but they got eliminated on penalties, at home, being left feeling they deserved better. That is actually their only win in the last four games. In the Série A, they have three draws in a row, with the latest one coming versus Ceará, in Fortaleza, last Monday. Botafogo are on 35 points, one more than Bahia, 12th in the table, but still close to the relegation line. On another note, the players were given a promise on Thursday that they would get paid within a week. It’s no secret that the club is going through a rough time, financially, and they are not the only ones in Brazil…
Taking a step back and looking at Bahia’s bigger picture, I’m left feeling that they have been… remarkably consistent after the World Cup finals break. They have lost several games since then, eight, to be exact, but some of those defeats didn’t really hurt them, as they were in knock-out competitions, and they either way qualified. They’ve lost just once at home, but it was to Internacional, when the Porto Alegre side were flying from one win to another. The games they lost away, they lost them to teams that were/are either… “big”, or in awesome form (when their games were played). They haven’t dropped the ball against weaker opponents, and they have earned big results against theoretically better teams than them. Last weekend for example, they simply HAD TO beat Paraná at home, and they did, 2-0. Just before that, they drew 2-2 at Gremio(!), leading 0-2 until the last minutes of the game. And right before that, they eliminated Botafogo in the Copa Sudamericana. Bottom line, Bahia has to be taken seriously, be respected, even when playing away from home.
Previous five matches:
Ceara vs Botafogo 0-0
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama 1-1
Botafogo vs Bahia 2-1
Botafogo vs Sao Paulo 2-2
Vitoria vs Botafogo 3-4
Bahia vs Parana 2-0
Gremio vs Bahia 2-2
Botafogo vs Bahia 2-1
Bahia vs Flamengo 0-0
Vasco da Gama vs Bahia 2-1
Botafogo’s next game is at Atlético Paranaense, next Saturday (Série A). Bahia are hosting the same team, Atlético Paranaense, on Wednesday, in the Copa Sudamericana.
Botafogo vs Bahia: Head to head Stats
Botafogo have three wins in a row over Bahia at home. Before that, the Salvador side had won back-to-back matches in Rio.
Botafogo vs Bahia: Prediction
Botafogo are considered favorites to win, but personally, I don’t see a winner in this game.
Botafogo vs Bahia: Betting Tips
Bahia’s double chance is at 1.85, I like it, and consider it good enough to avoid risking with draw alone (no matter if draw is the result I consider more probable than any other).