Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 22 June 2017
Kick-off: 02:00 CET
Botafogo played two games on the road in four days, and managed to pick up four points, which is exactly what they were hoping for (stay undefeated, and win at least one of the two matches). Even more good news for Botafogo is that now they have two consecutive games at home, a golden opportunity to build on their two latest positive results. Plus, attacking midfielders Camilo and Leandrinho are again available, multiplying the options coach Jair Ventura has at his disposal. Leandrinho hasn’t played so far in the Brasileirao due to an injury he picked up in a Carioca championship match, while Camilo started the season playing regularly, but an injury kept him sidelined the last three weeks, during which Botafogo had games every 3-4 days. Last weekend, Botafogo won 2-0 at Chapecoense, their first win after four draws and one defeat.
Vasco beat Avai 1-0 at home on Saturday, but things were not exactly… dreamy at Sao Januario. Early in the second half, the lights went off, not for the first time. Vasco’s stadium may be of vast historic importance, but it does have a series of drawbacks, and electricity problems are nothing new. During the blackout, some fans started protesting against club president Eurico Miranda (again, nothing new), things got out of control, the police intervened and managed to restore order only after firing rubber bullets(!). Not that Miranda sweated over anything of all this. He was seen smoking his very characteristic cigars in his private space at the stadium, even receiving guests and taking photos with them. He is the very definition of ‘larger than life’ person…
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama: Head-to-head Stats
Two wins for Botafogo, two for Vasco, and one draw in the last five games between these two with Botafogo as hosts.
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama: Prediction
Vasco have three losses in as many games away from Sao Januario so far in this Serie A campaign, while Botafogo have been very good at home, plus, they just finished a five-day trip out of Rio de Janeiro picking up four points in two away matches. I feel Botafogo are much closer to a win than their visitors.
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama: Tips
Botafogo’s win pays 2.00. They have been scoring two goals in each of their last three games, Vasco have conceded 11 goals in their last four away matches (including a Carioca championship game), so for more than 2.00, I would bet on Botafogo to score more than once. It doesn’t pay much better, it’s at 2.25, but I think the risk involved is not that big.