Cruzeiro vs Botafogo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 14 July 2019
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Hat off to Cruzeiro for what they did midweek. Despite dealing with all sorts of problems, both on and of the field, they were fantastic against bitter city rivals Atlético Mineiro, beat them 3-0 in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal tie, and made a huge step towards qualifying for the semis. Mano Menezes has two problems to solve; Lucas Romero and Robinho are out, suspended, and especially Romero’s absence is a serious pain, because Edilson remains injured, and Orejuela just returned to training, after spending two months sidelined due to injury. Menezes will need to… improvise for the right-back position. He is expected to have Fábio, Jadson, Dedé, Léo, Egídio, Henrique, Ariel Cabral, Marquinhos Gabriel, Thiago Neves, Pedro Rocha and Fred in the starting lineup. Cruzeiro are on just eight points from nine matches in the championship, below the relegation line(!).
Botafogo are one of the club facing serious financial problems in Brazil’s Serie A. The situation remains – for the time being – under control, but when you have players to whom the club owe money, you know that things in the dressing room are not… ideal. Eduardo Barroca tried to downplay the effect off the field problems have on the players as they were getting ready to play their first Serie A match in over a month, not hiding though himself that he expects the club to do a better job in paying everyone on time. Most coaches in Brazil prefer avoiding giving hints regarding their starting lineup before each game. Not Barroca, who usually leaves no secrets, even allowing journalists attend the last training session before a game. He should have Gatito, Marcinho, Carli, Gabriel, Gilson, Bochecha, Alex Santana, João Paulo, Erik, Luiz Fernando and Diego Souza in the starting lineup.
Previous five matches:
Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro 3-0
Cruzeiro vs America Mineiro 1-2
Fortaleza vs Cruzeiro 2-1
Cruzeiro vs Corinthians 0-0
Cruzeiro vs Fluminense 2-2
Botafogo vs Gremio 0-1
CSA vs Botafogo 1-2
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama 1-0
Botafogo vs Sol de America 4-0
Botafogo vs Palmeiras 0-1
Cruzeiro’s next game is on Wednesday, against Atlético Mineiro (Copa do Brasil). Botafogo are hosting Santos next weekend (Serie A).
Cruzeiro vs Botafogo: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Cruzeiro, one for Botafogo, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Belo Horizonte.
Cruzeiro vs Botafogo: Prediction
Despite doing an awesome job midweek, I doubt Cruzeiro will win this game.
Cruzeiro vs Botafogo: Betting Tips
Botafogo’s double chance is at 2.30. Combined with “under 2.5 goals” it pays 3.05.