Goias vs Botafogo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 19 May 2019
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Leandro Barcia scored in added time last weekend to give Goiás all three points in their home game against Ceará. The visitors had equalized 1-1 in the 77th minute, but it was the Goiania side that had the last word. Six points for them from four matches, definitely satisfying, especially keeping in mind whom they faced in the first three game weeks (Fluminense, Sao Paulo, Cruzeiro). Midfielder Giovanni Augusto is back from suspension, and expected to start, taking Marlone’s place (despite the fact that the latter scored the opener last weekend). The other 10 should be Tadeu, Daniel Guedes, David Duarte, Yago, Jefferson, Geovane, Léo Sena, Leandro Barcia, Kayke and Michael.
I doubt even the most passionate Botafogo supporters expected their team to be on nine points from their first four Serie A matches, especially after losing 2-0 at Sao Paulo on their debut. Three wins in a row have created a… jolly atmosphere at the club, especially after beating city rivals Fluminense at Maracana last weekend (0-1). Eduardo Barroca was pretty open about his intentions regarding the starting lineup; Gatito, Fernando, Carli, Gabriel, Jonathan, Bochecha, Alex Santana, Cícero, João Paulo, Erik and Diego Souza, these will start. Barroca looked… joyful in his last Press conference before the game, admitting that he is just… enjoying the moment. As he said recently, he has worked a lot to be in the position he is today, coaching a team like Botafogo in the Serie A, and results recently have been fantastic, so… all those smiles and general good vibes were totally understandable.
Previous five matches:
Goias vs Ceara 2-1
Cruzeiro vs Goias 2-1
Goias vs Sao Paulo 1-2
Fluminense vs Goias 0-1
Goias vs Atletico Goianiense 0-1
Fluminense vs Botafogo 0-1
Botafogo vs Fortaleza 1-0
Botafogo vs Bahia 3-2
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo 2-0
Juventude vs Botafogo 2-1
Goiás are visiting CSA next weekend (Serie A). Botafogo are visiting Sol de América on Wednesday (Copa Sudamericana).
Goias vs Botafogo: Head to head Stats
Four wins for Goiás and one for Botafogo in the last five games between these two in Goiania.
Goias vs Botafogo: Prediction
The hosts are considered favorites to win the game, but I like Botafogo’s chances of earning at least a draw.
Goias vs Botafogo: Betting Tips
Botafogo’s double chance is at 1.73, and their win in “draw no bet” at 2.50. Keep in mind, they have won three games in a row, they are actually the only team to have won their last three Serie A matches (not counting this weekend’s matches).