Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 10 October 2018
Kick-off: 02:00 CET
Botafogo’s elimination on penalties in the Copa Sudamericana by Bahia last week, made people wonder when (the heck!) will “Gatito” Fernández return. The Paraguayan goalkeeper, who is a real specialist in catching penalties, has been out for months now, and as he said in a Press conference the other day, with tears in his eyes, he has been following the instructions he has been given, but he’s not seeing any improvement, his right hand is still in pain. Botafogo say they trusted the best doctor in Brazil to deal with Fernández’s problem, but… Last weekend, Botafogo drew 2-2 with Sao Paulo at home, taking the lead twice. Before that, they had beaten Vitória 3-4(!) in Salvador. That’s three very good games in a row (they beat Bahia 2-1 last week, before getting eliminated on penalties), but they’re still just three points away from the relegation zone, and out of the Copa Sudamericana.
Vasco da Gama shot their own foot a week ago drawing 1-1 at Paraná. That was a game they should have won, despite going 1-0 down in the 9th minute. They equalized from the penalty spot early in the second half, but Leandro Castán’s red card in the 57th minute left them with 10 players, and after that, it was hard to keep pushing for that second goal they needed in order to win the game. They are below the relegation line, on 30 points, level with Ceará, but with a marginally worse goal difference. Plus, Ceará have a game in hand. They are expected to start with Fernando Miguel, Rafael Galhardo, Luiz Gustavo, Henríquez, Ramon, Willian Maranhão, Thiago Galhardo (or Andrey), Giovanni Augusto, Pikachu, Andrés Ríos and Maxi López. The last one, has played in 10 matches since joining Vasco, and has had participation in seven of their nine goals in those games.
Previous five matches:
Botafogo vs Bahia 2-1
Botafogo vs Sao Paulo 2-2
Vitoria vs Botafogo 3-4
Bahia vs Botafogo 2-1
Botafogo vs America Mineiro 1-0
Parana vs Vasco da Gama 1-1
Santos vs Vasco da Gama 1-1
Vasco da Gama vs Bahia 2-1
Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo 1-1
Vitoria vs Vasco da Gama 1-0
Botafogo’s next game is at Ceará, next Monday. A day earlier, Vasco will have hosted Cruzeiro (both Brazil Série A matches).
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama: Head to head Stats
Just one win for Botafogo, and four for Vasco, in the last five Rio de Janeiro derbies between these two with Botafogo as hosts.
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama: Prediction
Botafogo are considered favorites to win the game, but I don’t see that, despite their good moment. Vasco have stayed undefeated in four matches now, and are even more desperate than the hosts to get something out of this match.
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama: Betting Tips
Vasco’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.50, and their double chance at 1.67.