Vasco da Gama vs Santos
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 2 September 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Wednesday’s game at Atlético Paranaense was the first one for Vasco da Gama with Alberto Valentim in charge. They lost 1-0, but the newly-appointed coach said he liked the team, and sees a lot of potential. Atlético’s win, at 1.72, and their victory combined with a clean sheet, at 2.62, were my two tips. Vasco had just beaten Chapecoense at home, 3-1, again as predicted here. They are hosting Santos not at their own home, the Sao Januário stadium, but at Maracana, their first game there as hosts in this Série A campaign. About 48 hours before kick-off they had sold 10,000 tickets. The… hope is to attract as many fans as possible to the stadium, and strike a deal with Maracana’s management to play at least some of their matches there. “Renting” Maracana doesn’t come cheap, as Flamengo and Fluminense already know.
Santos’ win, at 1.80, was my only tip last weekend, when they hosted Bahia, and they won 2-0. Midweek, they hosted Independiente at Pacaembu, a… weird game, as they were informed a few hours before kick-off that they had lost the first leg 3-0. Carlos Sánchez had played in Avellaneda, not knowing that he was ineligible. It took CONMEBOL days and days, almost a whole week, and they reached a decision hours before kick-off. The game had ended 0-0 on the pitch, but Santos lost it 3-0 on paper. They tried to beat Independiente even 1-0, even after it was made obvious that they couldn’t revert the situation created by that 3-0 decision, but… nothing worked. Actually, the referee ended the game in the 81st minute. Santos fans tried to invade the pitch, the police were quick to intervene, but the referee still felt the situation was dangerous, so he put an early end to the match, with the result at 0-0.
Previous five matches:
Atletico Paranaense vs Vasco da Gama 1-0
Vasco da Gama vs Chapecoense 3-1
Atletico Mineiro vs Vasco da Gama 0-0
Vasco da Gama vs Ceara 1-1
Palmeiras vs Vasco da Gama 1-0
Santos vs Independiente 0-0
Santos vs Bahia 2-0
Independiente vs Santos 0-0
Santos vs Sport Recife 3-0
Cruzeiro vs Santos 1-2
Vasco’s next game is at América Mineiro, on Thursday. Same day, Santos will be facing Gremio (both Série A matches).
Vasco da Gama vs Santos: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Vasco and three draws in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro.
Vasco da Gama vs Santos: Prediction
Santos coach Cuca implied that there will be changes to the starting lineup, compared to the one of the game versus Independiente. Vasco played midweek as well, but are not expected to rotate as much. All things considered, I’m backing Vasco to earn at least a draw.
Vasco da Gama vs Santos: Betting Tips
“Vasco or draw” is at 1.44, low, so I would risk with their win in “draw no bet”, at 1.83.