Vasco da Gama vs Ponte Preta
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 3 December 2017
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
Vasco were considered almost doomed last weekend at Cruzeiro, their double chance was at 2.15, but I fancied their chances of earning at least a draw, and they went on to get the maximum in Belo Horizonte, winning the game 1-0. Truth is, the final score is harsh to Cruzeiro, they deserved at least a point, but… Sitting 7th in the table, Vasco have awesome chances of playing in the Copa Libertadores next season, and very good chances of getting a direct ticket to the group stage. If they finish 7th, they will depend on Flamengo, hoping they win the Sudamericana this season, to free up an extra Serie A Libertadores spot. Finishing above 6th-placed (today) Flamengo, they get that direct ticket without caring about their city rivals’ Sudamericana final. If they lose this game though, they risk finishing as low as 10th(!), meaning that they are not sure of a Copa Libertadores ticket just yet. Lucky(?) they, their guests have already gotten relegated, having no real motive to… die trying to win this game.
Rodrigo… Captain Rodrigo… Captain Rodrigo… What the heck were you thinking?… It looks extreme blaming one player for a team’s relegation, but… after what Rodrigo did last weekend, in Ponte Preta’s home game against Vitoria, someone could say that Ponte’s captain committed a “football crime”. Just 16 minutes into the game, which the Campinas side absolutely needed to win, the hosts were 2-0 up, looking absolutely marvelous. They were in control, they were playing at home, they were the bosses on the pitch, but just four minutes after their second goal, their captain had the “Stupidest of the Season” idea to… stick his finger into Trellez’s ass(!!!). One of the assistant referees saw what happened, called the referee, the latter asked his assistant three times “are you sure?”, the assistant nodded “yes”, and two seconds later, the red card was out. Ponte spent the rest of the first half creating chances, but once the second half started, they retreated, and the… inevitable happened. First Vitoria goal, second, third. The last one was scored in the 82nd second, which proved to be the last of the match. Right after that, Ponte “fans” invaded the pitch, the players had to flee (excluding Ponte’s goalkeeper, who stayed put and faced the “fans’” rage, thankfully without getting injured), and… that was it. The referee didn’t take the risk to restart the game, Ponte lost, got relegated, and will probably start next season with a massive ban on their back, because of that pitch invasion.
Previous five matches:
Cruzeiro vs Vasco da Gama 0-1
Atletico PR vs Vasco da Gama 3-1
Vasco da Gama vs Atletico Mineiro 1-1
Vasco da Gama vs Sao Paulo 1-1
Santos vs Vasco da Gama 1-2
Ponte Preta vs Vitoria 2-3
Fluminense vs Ponte Preta 2-0
Ponte Preta vs Atletico PR 2-1
Coritiba vs Ponte Preta 1-1
Ponte Preta vs Gremio 0-1
Vasco’s next official game is on January 17 (Carioca championship). Same day, Ponte Preta will play their first Paulista championship match in 2018.
Vasco da Gama vs Ponte Preta: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Vasco, one for Ponte, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro. Three of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Vasco da Gama vs Ponte Preta: Prediction
I can’t imagine Vasco committing football suicide in this match. They are a better team than Ponte, they are playing at home, hosting a group of players totally demoralized after what happened to them last weekend. Any other result but a Vasco win in this game, will be one of the biggest surprises of the season.
Vasco da Gama vs Ponte Preta: Betting Tips
A simple Vasco win pays 1.40. Their win combined with a clean sheet pays a much better 2.10.
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