Botafogo vs Gremio
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 14 August 2017
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Kudos to Botafogo, for still being alive in both the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores, in mid August. Two weeks ago they triumphed over Atletico Mineiro in the return leg of their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal, qualifying for the semis, where they will face Flamengo (the first leg is the coming week). Then, last Thursday, they completed the job they started in Montevideo (they had beaten Nacional 1-0 in Uruguay), 2-0 at home, another big qualification, this time for the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores. In the Brasileirao they have been below average, they are just 11th in the table, but their successes in the other two competitions are kind of overshadowing their average results and performances in the championship.
Gremio are a much better… version of Botafogo this season. They too are in the semis of the Copa do Brasil, they are hosting Cruzeiro on Wednesday in the first leg, they too qualified for the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores with two wins over their rivals (Godoy Cruz), but a significant difference between the two teams is that Gremio are doing great in the Brasileirao as well. If it weren’t for Corinthians’… crazy first half of the season, Gremio would be much closer to the top. They are still second, eight points behind Corinthians, hoping that at some point the leaders will start dropping points. On Thursday, the club sacked Valdir Espinosa, their ‘technical coordinator’ (that was his title), who, in turn, said negative things about certain members of the board of directors. Just like that, Gremio gave the impression of a club with internal fights, but this shouldn’t affect the players on the pitch.
Previous 5 matches:
Botafogo vs Nacional Montevideo 2-0
Cruzeiro vs Botafogo 0-0
Botafogo vs Palmeiras 1-2
Botafogo vs Sao Paulo 3-4
Botafogo vs Atletico Mineiro 3-0
Gremio vs Godoy Cruz 2-1
Gremio vs Atletico Mineiro 2-0
Atletico GO vs Gremio 0-1
Gremio vs Santos 1-1
Atletico PR vs Gremio 2-3
On Wednesday, Botafogo are hosting Flamengo in the Copa do Brasil (semifinal, first leg). Gremio are hosting Cruzeiro the same night, in the other semifinal.
Botafogo vs Gremio: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Botafogo and three for Gremio in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro. Two of the five games went over 2.5 goals. In the first round match this season, in Porto Alegre, Gremio won 2-0.
Botafogo vs Gremio: Prediction
Gremio are in awesome form, they are a much better team, and they should win, despite Botafogo’s boosted morale after their success in the Copa Libertadores.
Botafogo vs Gremio: Tips
Gremio’s win pays 2.40, and I consider it good enough to avoid risking further with special bets.