Botafogo vs Flamengo
Competition: Copa do Brasil
Date: 17 August 2017
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
Leandrinho, Botafogo’s 20-year-old attacking midfielder, must be one of the happiest people in Rio de Janeiro these days. With a goal of his, Bota beat Gremio 1-0 on Sunday night, their first victory in the Brasileirao in six matches. It was Leandrinho’s first goal of the season (he had scored once in the Carioca championship as well, earlier in 2017), and only second in his career in Brazil’s biggest championship. Botafogo’s coach, Jair Ventura, had the nerves to say that Brazilian teams are hurting Brazilian football by hiring foreign coaches. He was referring to Flamengo’s new boss, Colombian Reinaldo Rueda. He said having foreign coaches in Brazil is limiting the chances of Brazilian coaches to work. He’s ok though with having foreign players at Botafogo, and not fielding an 100% Brazilian team in every game…
Flamengo have officially a new coach since Monday afternoon, it is Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, whose last job was at Atletico Nacional, with whom he did great things between June 2015 and June 2017, a couple of months ago. Fla lost 2-0 at Atletico Mineiro last weekend, their third consecutive loss in the Brasileirao, a horrible streak of results from which they took a break a week ago, beating – at least – Palestino from Chile, in a Copa Sudamericana last 32 return leg (they have qualified for the last 16). In his presentation, Rueda said that what he expects to see in his first game in charge is ‘reaction’, see his players more motivated than in their last games in the championship.
Previous 5 matches:
Botafogo vs Gremio 1-0
Botafogo vs Nacional Montevideo 2-0
Cruzeiro vs Botafogo 0-0
Botafogo vs Palmeiras 1-2
Botafogo vs Sao Paulo 3-4
Atletico Mineiro vs Flamengo 2-0
Flamengo vs Palestino 5-0
Flamengo vs Vitoria 0-2
Santos vs Flamengo 3-2
Corinthians vs Flamengo 1-1
On Sunday, Botafogo are visiting Ponte Preta. A day earlier, Flamengo will be hosting Atletico Goianiense. Both are Brasileirao matches.
Botafogo vs Flamengo: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Botafogo, one for Flamengo, and two draws, in the last five games between these two with Botafogo as hosts. All games but one, went over 2.5 goals.
Botafogo vs Flamengo: Prediction
Botafogo have back-to-back wins, huge wins, over Nacional (Copa Libertadores) and Gremio (Brasileirao). Flamengo have been pitiful in their last games (excluding the party they threw when they hosted lowly Palestino), and despite having a new coach, I don’t see what makes them favorites, as the betting companies seem to believe they are.
Botafogo vs Flamengo: Betting Tips
Botafogo’s double chance pays 1.50. They have kept a clean sheet in three consecutive games, while Flamengo have failed to score in their last two Serie A matches, it’s tempting to bet on Botafogo to win and keep a clean sheet, but at 2.75, Bota’s win looks good enough to avoid the extra risk with the clean sheet.