Fluminense vs Corinthians
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 23 August 2018
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
Fluminense didn’t… shine in Belo Horizonte last weekend, playing against América Mineiro, but their performance was… decent, at the home of a team that have a very good record as hosts. Actually, Flu did better than what I expected, and definitely deserved the point they earned. According to reports, the club rejected an offer by Monterrey (Mexico) for Pedro, their young striker who just received his first call to be part of Brazil’s national team in next month’s friendly games. The club officials felt that 15 million euros is little, expecting the player’s value to increase until the end of the year. On the other hand, Fluminense are dealing with serious financial problems. They owe money to… everyone working at the club, not just the players, but even the staff at their offices, and on Monday, the company that runs Maracana, notified Fluminense officially that there is a debt accumulated, and they need to do something about it as soon as possible. Fluminense don’t want to sell Pedro now, but… they may just have to.
From winning three games in a row late July/early August, Corinthians have gone to winning just one of their last five matches. They did qualify for the Copa do Brasil semifinals, but they are at a very tricky position in the Copa Libertadores after their 1-0 defeat at Colo-Colo, and in the championship they are 15 whole points behind leaders Sao Paulo. Corinthians finished four of the last seven Série A editions with the best defensive record. This year, it feels as if practically anyone can score past them. Last weekend they lost 0-1 to Gremio, at home, getting outplayed. Osmar Loss keeps saying that several players left, it’s true, it takes time to figure things out when you lose several key members, but time is not on their side, especially in the championship, where they seem to have kissed goodbye the chance to retain their title from last year.
Previous five matches:
America Mineiro vs Fluminense 0-0
Defensor Sporting vs Fluminense 0-1
Fluminense vs Internacional 0-3
Fluminense vs Bahia 1-1
Fluminense vs Defensor Sporting 2-0
Corinthians vs Gremio 0-1
Chapecoense vs Corinthians 0-1
Chapecoense vs Corinthians 2-1
Colo-Colo vs Corinthians 1-0
Corinthians vs Atletico Paranaense 0-0
Fluminense’s next game is at Cruzeiro, on Saturday. Same day, Corinthians will be hosting Paraná (both Série A matches).
Fluminense vs Corinthians: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Flu, one for Corinthians, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro.
Fluminense vs Corinthians: Prediction
Fluminense are considered favorites to win the game, but I don’t trust them. For some reason, I expect Corinthians to play a more than decent game and leave Maracana with all three points.
Fluminense vs Corinthians: Betting Tips
Corinthians’ win in “draw no bet” is at 2.25, with their double chance at 1.70.