Vasco da Gama vs Atletico Mineiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 15 April 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Vasco da Gama lost the Carioca championship title last weekend, on penalties, conceding late in added time. They lost 1-0, had won the first leg 3-2 as guests, but in the State championship of Rio de Janeiro the away goals don’t… count as away goals, so the final went to penalties. Vasco have already played two matches in their Copa Libertadores group, and have earned just one point. They are visiting Racing Club in a few days, in Avellaneda, and a positive result in that match is absolutely crucial so as to continue dreaming of a top 2 finish. Last season, they finished 7th in the Série A, a position good enough to give them a Libertadores ticket. They scored three goals past Botafogo in the first leg of the Carioca championship final, but haven’t scored in their two games since then.
“Apathetic”. This is how a local newspaper in Belo Horizonte called Atlético Mineiro’s performance at San Lorenzo midweek, in their 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana first round tie against the Argentine team. Atlético were… nowhere to be seen on the pitch, and despite playing against an opponent that was missing key players, they failed to get a positive result. Last weekend was a disappointment as well, as they lost 2-0 at Cruzeiro, in the return leg of the State championship of Minas Gerais final. They had won 3-1 in the first leg, but that Cruzeiro away goal made the difference. Just like Vasco, Atlético have another game coming up midweek, but a much less demanding. It’s the return leg of their Copa do Brasil tie against Ferroviário. They have already won 4-0 at home, so… they need to commit football suicide to get eliminated. Last season they finished 9th in the Série A.
Previous five matches:
Vasco da Gama vs Botafogo 0-1
Cruzeiro vs Vasco da Gama 0-0
Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama 2-3
Fluminense vs Vasco da Gama 2-3
Vasco da Gama vs Botafogo 2-3
San Lorenzo vs Atletico Mineiro 1-0
Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro 2-0
Atletico Mineiro vs Ferroviario 4-0
Atletico Mineiro vs Cruzeiro 3-1
America Mineiro vs Atletico Mineiro 0-2
Vasco’s next game is at Racing Club, in Argentina, on Thursday (Copa Libertadores). Atlético will be visiting Ferroviário on Wednesday (Copa do Brasil).
Vasco da Gama vs Atletico Mineiro: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Vasco, one for Atlético, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro. Only one of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Vasco da Gama vs Atletico Mineiro: Prediction
Super tricky game, between two teams that seem almost equally unreliable. All things considered, I expect Vasco to earn at least a draw.
Vasco da Gama vs Atletico Mineiro: Betting Tips
Vasco’s double chance is at 1.45, low. Their win in “draw no bet” pays 1.85. Both teams have struggled offensively in their last games, so “under 2.5 goals”, at 1.70, looks promising.
More Brazil Serie A betting tips and match previews:
- Cruzeiro vs Gremio
- Santos vs Ceara
- Vitoria vs Flamengo
- Corinthians vs Fluminense
- Internacional vs Bahia
- America Mineiro vs Sport Recife
- Atletico Paranaense vs Chapecoense
- Botafogo vs Palmeiras
- Sao Paulo vs Parana