Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 18 August 2019
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
First things first: the game is held in Brasília, nowhere near Rio de Janeiro. No, Vasco are not banned from using their own stadium (or another site in Rio), this is what they occasionally do, they “migrate” to other States in Brazil, for “special”… home games. The impressive stadium in Brasília is much bigger than Vasco’s in Rio, and people there are thirsty for top level football. Last weekend, Vasco beat Goiás 0-1 on the road, but Marcos Junior, their scorer, is unavailable. So is striker Marrony (got sent off late last weekend), and Talles, another striker, a 17-year-old one, who has a problem with his papers. According to reports, Vanderlei Luxemburgo will have Fernando Miguel, Cáceres, Henríquez, Castan, Henrique, Richard, Raul, Lucas Mineiro, Pikachu, Tiago Reis and Marquinho in the starting lineup.
Flamengo would love to play this game in Rio, avoid the trip, but it wasn’t up to them. They are hosting Internacional on Wednesday, a huge Copa Libertadores game (quarterfinal, first leg). Jorge Jesus is expected to have Diego Alves, Rodinei, Thuler, Pablo Marí, Filipe Luís, Cuéllar (or Everton Ribeiro), Arão, Gerson, De Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique and Gabigol in the starting lineup. Gabigol is back, having recovered from his latest injury. Three guys stayed back, Diego, who is not really expected to play again this season, Vitinho, and centre-back Rodrigo Caio, who could return in a few days, and be available against Inter. Last weekend, Fla beat Gremio 3-1 at home, staying third in the table, but now being only three points behind leaders Santos (who drew).
Previous five matches:
Goias vs Vasco da Gama 0-1
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
Flamengo vs Gremio 3-1
Bahia vs Flamengo 3-0
Flamengo vs Emelec 2-0
Flamengo vs Botafogo 3-2
Emelec vs Flamengo 2-0
Vasco’s next game is against Sao Paulo, in a week from now, in Rio de Janeiro (Serie A). Flamengo are hosting Internacional on Wednesday (Copa Libertadores quarterfinal, first leg).
Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo: Head to head Stats
Three 1-1 draws and a Fla win in the last four games between these two with Vasco as hosts.
Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo: Prediction
I’m with Flamengo to win the game. They have a much better team, and one way or another, should find a way to score… half a goal more than Vasco and pick up all three points.
Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo: Betting Tips
Flamengo’s win pays 1.62, going up to 2.65 if combined with “over 2.5 goals”.