Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 8 July 2017
Kick-off: 23:00 CET
After losing five consecutive games on the road, that 2-2 draw at Coritiba last weekend was fantastic news for Vasco da Gama, a… dramatic draw, since the Rio de Janeiro side were left 2-1 behind in the 88th minute, but managed to salvage a point in added time. Vasco are still working on their roster. Their vice-president, Eurico Brandão, said that they are looking for players who did well last season in the Serie B, plus, others who spent the last months in Europe, but are out of contract. On the other hand, he ‘warned’ Vasco’s fans that at least three ‘expensive’ players (Andrezinho has already left; Julio dos Santos and Muriqui should be the other two) will depart, so as to ‘balance things out’ financially. Vasco have been great at home so far, having won five of their six games at São Januário.
Last weekend I backed Flamengo not just to beat Sao Paulo, but to score at least twice. They ended up winning 2-0. Midweek, they beat Palestino as well, 5-2, in Santiago de Chile, in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana round of 32 tie. Coach Ze Ricardo had left key players back to Rio de Janeiro, Paolo Guerrero and Diego just to name two, but even so, Fla score four goals in the last half hour(!) to go from losing 2-1, to… thrashing Palestino 5-2. Newly-signed Everton Ribeiro played the full 90 minutes and scored the last goal from the penalty spot, being one of Flamengo’s best players. Colombian attacker Orlando Berrío was very good as well. It’s important for Flamengo that Leandro Damião scored, a player who was destined for greatness, but somehow is yet to reach his full potential, despite being 27. Flamengo have five consecutive wins in three competitions, they have kept three clean sheets in these last five games, but amazingly, Ze Ricardo is still criticized by fans and the Press. Reading Flamengo news on Brazilian websites you are left with the impression that Ze Ricardo is almost an ignorant, who doesn’t know how to use Fla’s awesome roster(!). It makes you wonder what will be written about him once Flamengo stop winning…
Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo: Head-to-head Stats
Three wins for Vasco and four draws in the last seven games between these two with Vasco as hosts. Flamengo’s last win as visitors was back in February 2014, in a Carioca championship match.
Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo: Prediction
Flamengo are in excellent form, no doubt about that, key players got rested midweek not traveling to Chile, but Vasco have been very-very good at home since the start of the season, they have picked up 15 points in six matches, and I feel they are perfectly capable of earning at least a draw.
Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo: Tips
‘Vasco or draw’ is at 1.83. ‘Yes’ on ‘both teams to score’ is at 1.90. A Vasco win in ‘draw no bet’ pays 2.75.