Vasco da Gama vs Santos
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 16 July 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
At Vitoria, in their last game, Vasco da Gama scored as many goals as they had scored in their previous four matches combined (four), to pick up an impressive win. The importance of those three points though, is small, compared to something that happened a day later. Defensive midfielder Douglas was sold to Manchester City for R$49m, or -about- 13.4 million euros, an amount big enough to cover Vasco’s needs for the rest of the season. The first thing the club did, was pay the players their June salary, which was almost two weeks behind. It’s the biggest sale in the history of Vasco, and a relief for the board of directors, since the financial problems were adding up, and it looked like there was no other way out but a big sale. Coach Milton Mendes got a two-match ban for what he told the referees of the game versus Corinthians, over a month ago(!).
Daniel Guedes scored a golden goal in added time at Atletico Mineiro to give Santos their second consecutive win in the Brasileirao, third, including the triumph in Curitiba against Atletico Paranaense, in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores round of 16 tie. After signing Nilmar, many expected Ricardo Oliveira to leave Santos, given that it looks very difficult for those two to co-exist in the team’s lineup. Even so, Santos announced that they are going to offer Oliveira a new contract, ‘honoring’ him for everything he has offered to the club. Vanderlei, Santos’ regular goalkeeper, got injured in the game against Atletico Mineiro, and his presence versus Vasco is doubtful. Ironically, Vladimir, the second goalkeeper of the team, got injured in a training session a couple of days ago, and will definitely miss this game. Joao Paulo, a 22-year-old with hardly any match experience, could be called to protect Santos’ goal.
Vasco da Gama vs Santos: Head-to-head Stats
Six wins for Vasco and two draws in the last eight games between these two with Vasco as hosts.
Vasco da Gama vs Santos: Prediction
Betting companies give both teams equal chances to win. Personally, I don’t see a winner, I expect those two to… neutralize each other, and the game to end in a draw.
Vasco da Gama vs Santos: Tips
Draw pays 3.50, which is great in a game that doesn’t have a clear favorite.