Fluminense vs Flamengo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 8 June 2018
Kick-off: 01:00 CET
Fluminense “managed” to lose on Monday to a team that had zero victories in their first eight matches of the Série A. That 2-1 at Paraná left Flu at 14 points, depriving them of the opportunity to be within striking distance from Flamengo in this game, in the table (Fla are on 20, leading). There is more bad news at Fluminense; Pedro, their 20-year-old center-forward who has been impressing since the start of the season, remains unavailable due to an injury. He’s not the only one; Ayrton Lucas, Felipe, Marcos Calazans and Marcos Junior are also injured and unavailable, leaving coach Abel Braga with very few real options regarding his offensive line. According to reports, Flu will start the game with Julio Cesar, Renato Chaves, Gum, Luan Peres, Gilberto, Richard, Jadson, Sornoza, Marlon, Robinho (or Matheus Alessandro) and João Carlos (or Pablo Dyego).
This is turning into an incredible season for Flamengo, leading in the Série A after the first quarter of the campaign, having qualified for the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores as well. The… irony of the thing is that their coach, Maurício Barbieri, took over late March as an interim coach, as a… temporary solution, but… look at them now, on 20 points from nine matches, having just beaten Corinthians at Maracana, 1-0. A problem in this game will be Diego’s absence due to cards. The super experienced attacking midfielder has been in good form lately. Berrío, Geuvânio, Juan, Pará and Réver are injured and unavailable. According to reports, Fla will start the game with Diego Alves, Rodinei, Léo Duarte, Rhodolfo, Renê, Cuéllar, Jonas (or Jean Lucas), Lucas Paquetá, Everton Ribeiro, Henrique Dourado (Fluminense’s top scorer last season) and Vinícius Junior.
Previous five matches:
Parana vs Fluminense 2-1
Gremio vs Fluminense 0-0
Fluminense vs Chapecoense 3-1
Fluminense vs Atletico Paranaense 2-0
Botafogo vs Fluminense 2-1
Flamengo vs Corinthians 1-0
Flamengo vs Bahia 2-0
Atletico Mineiro vs Flamengo 0-1
River Plate vs Flamengo 0-0
Flamengo vs Vasco da Gama 1-1
Fluminense’s next game is at Atlético Mineiro, on Sunday. Same day, Flamengo will be hosting Paraná (both Brazil Série A matches).
Fluminense vs Flamengo: Head to head Stats
One win for Fluminense, two for Flamengo, and two draws, in the last five games between these two with Flu as hosts. That’s of little importance though, for two reasons; Fluminense usually “host” Flamengo at Maracana (not a stadium of their own). As for this game, it’s held in Brasília(!), the capital city of Brazil.
Fluminense vs Flamengo: Prediction
As previously mentioned, the game is held not in Rio de Janeiro, but in Brasília. More than 33,000 tickets had been sold 24 hours before kick-off, and you can take it for granted that most of those went to hands of Flamengo fans.
Fluminense vs Flamengo: Betting Tips
Flu are dealing with several problems, regarding key players (mostly attackers) missing. Flamengo will be without Diego, but still, they are a better team, and one way or another, they should win. Their victory pays 1.75. They have kept a clean sheet in four games in a row (including their Copa Libertadores clash with River Plate), so for more than 1.75, I would risk with “Flamengo to win without conceding”, at 2.60. “No” no “both teams to score” pays 1.70, if you prefer to avoid betting on winners and losers.