Santos vs Botafogo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 22 November 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
The last days have been… intense, at Santos. After losing 2-1 at América Mineiro, there was a meeting between the president, the coach, and the team captains. No details were revealed. Plus, Cuca closed the doors to reporters, the training sessions were held… in secrecy. Also, players were “advised” to avoid talking to reporters. Santos have lost four games in a row, and a couple of players admitted after last weekend’s defeat that… it’s all over, they can’t earn a Copa Libertadores ticket. As for Cuca, who took over when the team were still struggling to stay above the relegation line, he said “Santos should be thankful to God for not fighting to avoid relegation these last weeks of the season”. Santos are 10th, on 46 points, the only Série A team to have lost their last four matches.
Botafogo are the… opposite extreme; they are the only Série A team to have won their last four games. They beat Internacional 1-0 at home last weekend, leapfrogging Santos in the table. It’s… crazy, if you think about it; four game weeks ago, Santos were 11 points ahead of Botafogo, I repeat, eleven points ahead of Botafogo, and today they are trailing by one. Checking all Botafogo news these last days, I haven’t read anyone saying they are dreaming of playing in the Copa Libertadores next season, even though, mathematically, they can still do it. They keep a low profile, knowing that up until recently, they were among those threatened with relegation…
Previous five matches:
America Mineiro vs Santos 2-1
Flamengo vs Santos 1-0
Santos vs Chapecoense 0-1
Palmeiras vs Santos 3-2
Santos vs Fluminense 3-0
Botafogo vs Internacional 1-0
Chapecoense vs Botafogo 0-1
Botafogo vs Flamengo 2-1
Botafogo vs Corinthians 1-0
Atletico Paranaense vs Botafogo 2-1
Santos’ next game is on Saturday, again at home, versus Atlético Mineiro. Botafogo will be hosting Paraná on Sunday (both Série A matches).
Santos vs Botafogo: Head to head Stats
Santos have four wins in a row over Botafogo at home, without having conceded a single goal(!).
Santos vs Botafogo: Prediction
I have to back Botafogo to earn at least a draw. They have four wins in a row, Santos have four defeats in a row, and Botafogo’s double chance is paying better than Santos’ win.
Santos vs Botafogo: Betting Tips
“Draw or Botafogo” is at 2.05.