Botafogo vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 6 September 2018
Kick-off: 00:30 CET
Every team has bad games, but Botafogo took “bad” to whole… new levels last weekend, when they visited Gremio. Simply put, they did no-thing on the pitch for 90 minutes, nothing good, nothing positive, nothing clever, nothing to trouble Gremio, who went on to humiliate the Rio de Janeiro side, 4-0. Botafogo’s goalkeeper made serious mistakes, their central defenders same thing, and generally… absolutely nothing worked. They finished the game without having created real chances to score. After the match, Zé Ricardo, their coach, admitted that they had played very-very badly, and “announced” he will be making changes in the lineup in this game versus Cruzeiro. Botafogo are on 25 points from 22 matches, right above the relegation line.
Cruzeiro were considered favorites last weekend when they hosted Internacional, but I had zero doubt to suggest Inter’s double chance at 1.75, adding their win in “draw no bet” as a second tip. The game ended in a goalless draw, with Cruzeiro claiming that the referee played a big role in them not winning the match. Actually, it was the third time this season they turned against the referee in a very strong – verbal – way, submitting a complain to CBF, the Brazilian Football Confederation. Cruzeiro are just 7th in the table, 15 whole points behind leaders Sao Paulo. They have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions.
Previous five matches:
Gremio vs Botafogo 4-0
Botafogo vs Sport Recife 2-0
Palmeiras vs Botafogo 2-0
Botafogo vs Atletico Mineiro 0-3
Botafogo vs Nacional Asuncion 2-0
Cruzeiro vs Internacional 0-0
Cruzeiro vs Flamengo 0-1
Cruzeiro vs Fluminense 2-1
Gremio vs Cruzeiro 1-1
Cruzeiro vs Bahia 1-1
Botafogo’s next game is against Fluminense, on Sunday. A day earlier, Cruzeiro will have visited Sport Recife (both Série A matches).
Botafogo vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
One win for Botafogo, two for Cruzeiro, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro.
Botafogo vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
Botafogo dropped the prices of the tickets ridiculously low (the cheapest ones cost… peanuts), hoping to get as many fans as possible behind the team. Still, I don’t trust them to beat Cruzeiro, I would hardly trust them to beat… Paraná at this point. Not that Cruzeiro are going through a fantastic period, they’re not, but at least they have much more quality.
Botafogo vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Cruzeiro’s win in “draw no bet” is at 1.80, with their double chance at 1.42. My main tip is Cruzeiro’s clean sheet, at 2.62.