Corinthians vs Vasco da Gama
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 17 November 2018
Kick-off: 22:00 CET
Corinthians lost 1-0 at Cruzeiro midweek, a result that kept them on 40 points, just three ahead of Chapecoense, the first team right below the relegation line. Jair Ventura doesn’t have three players at his disposal; Paraguayan attacker Romero is on international duty, midfielder Douglas got sent-off in the dying seconds of the first half of that game at Cruzeiro midweek, and left-back Carlos Augusto is also on international duty (he is a member of Brazil’s U20 national team). Corinthians are expected to start with Cássio, Fagner, Léo Santos, Henrique, Danilo Avelar, Ralf, Thiaguinho, Clayson (or Mateus Vital), Jadson, Pedrinho, and Danilo (or Roger). The Sao Paulo side have away games at Atlético Paranaense and Gremio before the end of the season, and a home one versus Chapecoense.
It feels like someone has… cursed Vasco da Gama. A week ago, they conceded in added time, and lost 2-1 at Gremio. Midweek, another added-time goal, at home, versus Atlético Paranaense, left them with just one point (1-1). If that weren’t enough, left-back Ramon Motta got seriously injured, had to leave the pitch, and is expected to stay out for no less than seven months. Ironically, last year he had a similar injury, and spent exactly seven months on the sidelines. On top of all that, winger Rildo left the field injured as well, and he was expected to be tested Friday afternoon to see how serious it is. Vasco are 14th in the table, on 39 points, just two ahead of Chapecoense, the first team below the relegation line.
Previous five matches:
Cruzeiro vs Corinthians 1-0
Corinthians vs Sao Paulo 1-1
Botafogo vs Corinthians 1-0
Corinthians vs Bahia 2-1
Vitoria vs Corinthians 2-2
Vasco da Gama vs Atletico Paranaense 1-1
Gremio vs Vasco da Gama 2-1
Fluminense vs Vasco da Gama 0-1
Vasco da Gama vs Internacional 1-1
Sport Recife vs Vasco da Gama 2-1
Corinthians’ next game is at Atlético Paranaense, on Wednesday. Vasco will be hosting Sao Paulo on Thursday (both Série A matches).
Corinthians vs Vasco da Gama: Head to head Stats
Six Corinthians wins and a draw in the last seven games between these two in Sao Paulo.
Corinthians vs Vasco da Gama: Prediction
I don’t see a winner in this game, no matter if the hosts are considered relatively clear favorites.
Corinthians vs Vasco da Gama: Betting Tips
Vasco’s double chance (2.05), pays well enough, I reckon, to avoid taking an even bigger risk. They’ve lost just two of their last 11 matches, and the last one was a 2-1 at (much stronger than Corinthians) Gremio, product of an added-time goal.