Botafogo vs Corinthians – Brazilian Serie A : Here we have two teams who have been having good campaigns this season…
On one hand, a Botafogo that started 2017 a bit discredited by their fans and with the profile of a team that would play to avoid relegation.
But the limited team, managed by Jair Ventura, showed a lot of dedication and passion during very tough matches and slowly kept advancing on the competitions they were playing in, without neglecting the Serie A.
Corinthians, considered the 4th best team in São Paulo by many, at the beginning of the year, won the State Championship and has been confirming the National title as we get closer and closer to the end of the season.
These are two teams who deserve a lot of respect from the ones who underestimated them and said that Atlético-MG, Palmeiras and Flamengo would be the big winners of 2017.
Those who follow Botafogo this season, know that if the team had a slightly better attack, they could have gone further in Copa do Brasil and in Copa Libertadores.
On 4 decisive matches, 2 on the Copa do Brasil semi-finals against their rivals Flamengo and 2 other against Grêmio on Copa Libertadores,
they weren’t able to score a single goal. However, their defence showed good consistency, only conceding 2 goals on those 4 matches.
Corinthians after an impeccable 1st half of the season, where they have shown a great defensive and tactical system, seems to have relaxed a bit on the 2nd half of the season,
but due to the huge lead they had built at the start of the season, they still have a comfortable lead at the top of the table.
Here I see two teams who have obtained great results during the first half of the season, but have now declined a bit recently.
These two teams have shown a consistent defensive system, with Botafogo being forced to work with their limited team, especially in attack, while Corinthians, despite some oscillations, having the best defence in the league.
I should also highlight the fact that the Over 2.5 Goals only occurred once in matches where Corinthians played as visitors.
Botafogo vs Corinthians – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Based on this analysis, I imagine a tight match in the first half, without many goal scoring chances and Corinthians not worrying too much about scoring, playing relaxed and without rushing anything.
The trend, in my opinion, is for an Under match, even more after a terrible first half from Botafogo on the last round against Avaí, and Corinthians coming from a boring match against Grêmio.
In the last 4 years, Botafogo and Corinthians have met 7 times and the Over 2.5 goals only happened once.
|Under 2.5 goals||