Fluminense vs Corinthians
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 23 July 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Seeing how… in love Fluminense have been with draws this season, I suggested exactly that (3.20) for their home game versus Cruzeiro on Thursday, and they ‘delivered’, playing their part in yet another 1-1 draw. After the game, coach Abel Braga said that he understands the fans’ disappointment, but also complained about the whistles and the insults thrown at his players, saying that they are doing their best, and… football is like that, some times things just don’t go your way. Richarlison, Flu’s 20-year-old attacker who has already scored five goals in 13 appearances in the championship, following an excellent Carioca campaign (eight goals in 12 matches), is reported to be close to getting transferred to Inter Milan, even though Flu are trying to keep him until the end of the Brasileirao season, and have him join Inter in December.
If you’re following the Brasileirao (which you should, since you’re reading this), you must have been wondering when Corinthians would finally show signs of slowing down, after their… orgasmic start of the season. Well, they have (slowed down). Their 2-2 draw at home to Atletico Paranaense was followed by a 0-0 draw at Avai. Corinthians remain leaders and the only undefeated team in the Brasileirao, but are now ‘just’ six points above second-placed Gremio. Incredibly, Corinthians had to substitute two players in the first 15 minutes at Avai. First, it was Pablo, their number 3, who felt unwell, and had to be taken out. He was still dealing with the aftermath of an injury, he had missed the game against Atletico Paranaense, he was deemed fit to play, but after just 13 minutes, it was obvious they had made a mistake. Right after that, Jadson, Corinthians’ number 10 had to be taken out. His injury is far more serious, he will stay sidelined for a whole month, and will miss at least six games, a big blow for the leaders of the Brasileirao.
Fluminense vs Corinthians: Head-to-head Stats
Three wins for Fluminense and four draws in the last seven games between these two in Rio de Janeiro. Last time Corinthians beat Flu away from home was in September 2010.
Fluminense vs Corinthians: Prediction
As previously mentioned, Corinthians have finally… slowed down, but even so, against this unreliable and utterly ridiculous defensively Fluminense (they have kept just one clean sheet in 15 matches so far, and have the second worst defensive record among the championship’s top 14 teams), I expect them to remain undefeated.
Fluminense vs Corinthians: Tips
‘Draw or Corinthians’ is at 1.50. Given that Fluminense are… obsessed with drawing this season, and Corinthians have two draws in a row themselves, betting on a draw alone, at 3.10, makes sense.