Gremio vs Flamengo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 5 August 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Three days after drawing 1-1 with Flamengo in the Copa do Brasil, Gremio are hosting the Rio de Janeiro giants again. Wednesday’s game was very intense, Gremio took the lead in the first half, but in the second one they were practically… running after their opponents. They finally conceded in added time, with that 1-1 feeling rather fair, as Flamengo were better in good parts of the game. What’s… extra alarming for Gremio, is that they played with a full squad, a few days after playing with a 100% alternative lineup at Chapecoense. Flamengo, despite playing with their regulars a few days before visiting Gremio, and repeating their lineup in Porto Alegre, looked much stronger in the second half, ran more, fought more. Exactly the opposite was expected, but…
Flamengo not only looked like they had more energy in the second half, but they also got major boosts by Maurício Barbieri’s changes. Both Vitinho and Lincoln looked good, and the latter scored their equalizer in added time. There is no doubt Flamengo have a much deeper roster than Gremio, bigger resources, more money to spend, Vitinho’s signing is a perfect example, so… you can see why they feel they can make history this year, winning all three competitions, the championship, the Copa do Brasil, and the Copa Libertadores. They simply have the roster, quality-wise and depth-wise, to do that. As if their roster weren’t rich enough, they just signed 24-year-old Paraguayan defensive midfielder Robert Piris da Motta as well, paying the 10m reais (about 2.3m euros) needed to San Lorenzo.
Previous five matches:
Gremio vs Flamengo 1-1
Chapecoense vs Gremio 1-1
Gremio vs Sao Paulo 2-1
Vasco da Gama vs Gremio 1-0
Gremio vs Atletico Mineiro 2-0
Gremio vs Flamengo 1-1
Flamengo vs Sport Recife 4-1
Santos vs Flamengo 1-1
Flamengo vs Botafogo 2-0
Flamengo vs Sao Paulo 0-1
Gremio’s next game is on Tuesday, at Estudiantes (Argentina), a Copa Libertadores match. A day later, Flamengo will be hosting Cruzeiro in the same competition.
Gremio vs Flamengo: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Gremio and two draws in the last five games between these two in Porto Alegre.
Gremio vs Flamengo: Prediction
Gremio are 5th, seven points behind leaders Flamengo, it’s they who are.. dying (not really; the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadres are much bigger priorities) to get all three points, but I’m definitely backing Flamengo to earn at least a draw.
Gremio vs Flamengo: Betting Tips
Flamengo’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.00, and their double chance at 1.45. Deep down, really believing in this Flamengo, I would skip the “draw no bet” safety net, and bet on their victory, at 3.20.