Vasco da Gama vs Palmeiras
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 25 November 2018
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
This is the most-anticipated game of the 37th game week, as it may crown the new Serie A champions. Actually, Vasco have already… capitalized on the importance of this match. How? They spent all season without a main advertisement on their jersey. In this game, they’ll have two(!). Companies know that even many neutrals will watch this game, especially the last minutes, when Palmeiras will be crowned champions, if the gap between them and second-placed Flamengo remains bigger than three points. Right now, it’s at five. Vasco beat Sao Paulo 2-0 on Thursday, at home, their first win in four matches. They are 14th in the table, on 42 points, four ahead of Sport Recife, the first team below the relegation line.
Palmeiras were spectacular in the second half of their home game against América Mineiro midweek, scoring four goals in just over 20 minutes, between the 59th and the 82nd. What do they need to secure the Serie A title this weekend? Even a defeat may not hurt them, as long as Flamengo don’t beat Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte. If they do, then Palmeiras need to beat Vasco to secure the title mathematically. If they draw, then they’ll need at least one point next weekend, when they host Vitória. If they lose that game as well, and Flamengo win their last one, both teams will finish on 75 points, but Fla will be the champions, because they’ll have one more win than Palmeiras (22-21). Bottom line, if Palmeiras win this weekend, it’s all over.
Previous five matches:
Vasco da Gama vs Sao Paulo 2-0
Corinthians vs Vasco da Gama 1-0
Vasco da Gama vs Atletico Paranaense 1-1
Gremio vs Vasco da Gama 2-1
Fluminense vs Vasco da Gama 0-1
Palmeiras vs America Mineiro 4-0
Parana vs Palmeiras 1-1
Palmeiras vs Fluminense 3-0
Atletico Mineiro vs Palmeiras 1-1
Palmeiras vs Santos 3-2
Vasco are visiting Ceará next Sunday. Same day, Palmeiras will be hosting Vitória (both Série A matches).
Vasco da Gama vs Palmeiras: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Vasco, one for Palmeiras, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro.
Vasco da Gama vs Palmeiras: Prediction
I like Vasco’s chances of earning at least a point.
Vasco da Gama vs Palmeiras: Betting Tips
Vasco’s double chance is at 1.80, my only tip. Palmeiras will be fine with that point, especially if, as I predict, Flamengo lose to Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte (the two games kick-off simultaneously).