Vitoria vs Vasco da Gama
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 13 July 2017
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
Truth be written, I underestimated Vitoria. I didn’t expect them to win at Atletico Goianiense, but they did, thanks to a goal in the 88th minute. Vitoria remain below the relegation line, they still have the same… ‘so-so’ roster despite beating Atletico Goianiense, and to lift themselves up they will need a small run of positive results against teams higher than them in the table, like Vasco. Striker André Lima scored against Atletico his second goal after returning from injury, and keeps improving game after game. Vitoria will need him, because three other strikers are unavailable. Plus, defensive midfielder and captain of the team Willian Farias, will spend three weeks sidelined, another major blow for Vitoria. At least attacking midfielder Yago, who got injured in the game versus Atletico, doesn’t seem to have a significant problem, and could play against Vasco.
What happened at Sao Januario last Saturday, in Vasco’s game against Flamengo, was simply disgusting. Betting-aside, it’s scenes like the ones that were seen at Vasco’s stadium that night that have given Brazilian football the bad name it has acquired through the years. Vasco’s fans started singing, again, against the club president, Eurico Miranda. This time, they took it a -huge- step further, with some of them attempting to jump onto the pitch. Police intervened, and in a matter of minutes the stands looked like a battle ground, with police throwing rubber bullets and tear gases. Fans who had nothing to do with those who initiated the chaos had to be… saved by others sitting in ‘palcos’ (private boxes). Kids, women and elderly fans found themselves in the middle of what looked like a totally out of control situation. One fan died, sadly, and Vasco should feel lucky that the tragedy did not get even bigger, given how things were for several minutes. Even the players got affected, mostly because of the chemicals used by the police. Breathing was hard, as seen in TV footage. Flamengo won 1-0, but that’s the last thing people will remember from this game.
Vitoria vs Vasco da Gama: Head-to-head Stats
Vitoria have four wins over Vasco in Salvador in as many games since 2010.
Vitoria vs Vasco da Gama: Prediction
It must be really-really hard to be a Vasco player these days… On the other hand, the fact that they are playing away from home, which has seen repeated scenes of crowd trouble since the start of the season, may be some sort of relief, since they get to focus on their football, instead of whatever stupid is taking place off the field. Going against the odds, I’m backing Vasco not to lose, risking underestimating Vitoria once more.
Vitoria vs Vasco da Gama: Tips
‘Draw or Vasco’ pays 1.75, and I prefer it to Vitoria’s 1.95. Draw is definitely much more probable that a Vasco win, so if you feel like pushing it, go for that, at 3.20.