Flamengo vs Santos
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 26 November 2017
Kick-off: 22:00 CET
Flamengo triumphed 3-0 over newly-crowned champions Corinthians last weekend, but what that game will mostly be remembered for is the unbelievable on-pitch quarrel between Vizeu and Rhodolfo. The two Fla players didn’t just exchange some words, they practically headbutted each other, and they were extremely lucky not to get sent off, which would have been the case if the same scene had taken place in a… Premier League, for example, game, in England. Teammates had to intervene so as to avoid the worst, but things didn’t stop there. Vizeu scored Flamengo’s third goal, and the first thing he did was turn to Rhodolfo’s side and… show him the middle finger(!). Believe it or not, right after the game, the two players showed up together at the news conference, and pretty much agreed on one thing, “that’s something that can happen during a game, it happened on the pitch, it stayed on the pitch, all is good”(!). Midweek, Flamengo came from behind to beat Junior 2-1 in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana semifinal, taking a small, but still, important advantage.
From the top-5 teams, Santos are the only ones who won last weekend, not as easily as some expected them, though. They hosted Gremio, who, as was already known, played with a totally alternative lineup, as they had the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final coming up. The first 30 minutes at Vila Belmiro were all Gremio. Shot on goal, H U G E chance missed, two-three more good chances for the Porto Alegre side to take the lead, but… somehow, Copete, totally against the flow of the game, put Santos 1-0 up in the 32nd minute, and the hosts kept control of the match after that. They are sitting fourth in the table, but incredible as this may look, technically, they are not 100% sure they will get a direct ticket to the Copa Libertadores group stage. If Gremio fail against Lanus, and if Flamengo don’t win the Sudamericana, only the first four of the Serie A (plus Copa do Brasil winners Cruzeiro) will get direct tickets. Right now, Santos are six points ahead of Flamengo, but if they lose this game and the last one, and Fla win next weekend as well, Santos could, incredibly, be left out of the top-4, and have to settle for a spot in the qualifiers.
Previous five matches:
Flamengo vs Junior 2-1
Flamengo vs Corinthians 3-0
Coritiba vs Flamengo 1-0
Palmeiras vs Flamengo 2-0
Flamengo vs Cruzeiro 2-0
Santos vs Gremio 1-0
Bahia vs Santos 3-1
Chapecoense vs Santos 2-0
Santos vs Vasco da Gama 1-2
Santos vs Atletico Mineiro 3-1
Flamengo’s next game is on Thursday, in Barranquilla, Colombia, against Junior, the return leg of their Copa Sudamericana semifinal. Santos will be hosting Avai next Sunday (Brazil Serie A).
Flamengo vs Santos: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Flamengo, one for Santos, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro. Two of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Flamengo vs Santos: Prediction
Deep down I expect Flamengo to win, despite playing with several reserves. Remember, they need the points to boost their chances of earning a Copa Libertadores group stage ticket, in case they don’t win the Sudamericana this season.
Flamengo vs Santos: Betting Tips
Flamengo’s win pays 1.72, which, combined with over 2.5 goals, goes up to a much-much better 2.75.
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