Goias vs Vasco da Gama
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 12 August 2019
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Goiás had been looking extremely poor after the Copa América break, especially those two 6-1 humiliations against Flamengo and Santos had hurt the club, something had to change, so… surprise-surprise (anything but), Claudinei Oliveira was fired, and a couple of days ago the Goiania club announced that Ney Franco was taking over. This will be his debut as Goiás’ coach. They were 12th in the table before Saturday’s matches, their situation is anything but… dramatic, thanks to how well they had done before the Copa América break. Actually, if the season were over today, not only they would be avoiding relegation, they would even be earning a Copa Sudamericana ticket for 2020. They should start with Tadeu, Daniel Guedes, Yago, Rafael Vaz, Jefferson, Geovane, Léo Sena, Marlone, Michael, Kayke and Leandro Barcia. They have David Duarte and Marcelo Rangel injured.
That’s new… We know exactly who is going to start the game for Vasco da Gama, we don’t need to rely on reporters’ information, and we know because it was Vanderlei Luxemburgo himself, Vasco’s coach, who announced the names of the players, in a video posted on Vasco’s social media(!). Fernando Miguel, Cáceres, Henríquez, Castan, Henrique, Richard, Raul, Marcos Junior, Pikachu, Talles and Marrony, these are the 11 players chosen to start the game. What’s eye-catching is that Pikachu will start as a winger, instead of a right-back/full-back, with Luxemburgo having Cáceres “back there”. Vasco “only” drew with CSA last weekend, a really disappointing 0-0, a week after earning a big draw at former Serie A leaders Palmeiras. They were 15th in the table before Saturday’s matches.
Previous five matches:
Corinthians vs Goias 2-0
Santos vs Goias 6-1
Goias vs Atletico Mineiro 0-0
Avai vs Goias 0-0
Flamengo vs Goias 6-1
Vasco da Gama vs CSA 0-0
Palmeiras vs Vasco da Gama 1-1
Vasco da Gama vs Fluminense 2-1
Gremio vs Vasco da Gama 2-1
Vasco da Gama vs Ceara 1-0
Goiás’ next game is at Brasiliense, on Wednesday (Copa Verde). Vasco are facing Flamengo next weekend (Serie A).
Goias vs Vasco da Gama: Head to head Stats
Two Goiás wins and three draws in the last five games between these two in Goiania.
Goias vs Vasco da Gama: Prediction
Goiás have a new coach, something that should, theoretically, give the players an extra motive to… show things. The hosts are actually considered favorites to win the game, but I trust Vasco to leave Goiania undefeated.
Goias vs Vasco da Gama: Betting Tips
Vasco’s double chance is at 1.70, “acceptable”. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 2.30.