Botafogo vs Palmeiras – Brazilian Serie A: On the first round of the 2018 edition of the Brazilian Serie A, Botafogo hosts Palmeiras at the Engenhão.
For those that thought Palmeiras would stroll through any competition they played on, it no longer feels like that.
The so-called “Real Madrid” of Latin America started off the season struggling on the Campeonato Paulista.
The team got through the semi-finals on penalties and then lost the title at home, also on penalties, against their biggest rival.
On the Copa Libertadores, their situation is quieter. The team is leading their group while still being unbeaten with 7 points, after beating Junior and Alianza Lima and drawing with Boca at home midweek.
The quality remains. Palmeiras has the best roster in Brazil and they are the biggest title favourites. Borja and Bruno Henrique didn’t train, and they can be replaced by Keno and Moisés once again.
Latest results – Botafogo/RJ:
12.04.2018 CSA Audax Italiano 1-2 Botafogo/RJ
08.04.2018 RJ Vasco da Gama/RJ 0-1/p.3-4 Botafogo/RJ
01.04.2018 RJ Botafogo/RJ 2-3 Vasco da Gama/RJ
28.03.2018 RJ CR Flamengo/RJ 0-1 Botafogo/RJ
25.03.2018 RJ Fluminense/RJ 3-0 Botafogo/RJ
21.03.2018 RJ Vasco da Gama/RJ 2-3 Botafogo/RJ
Latest results – Palmeiras/SP:
11.04.2018 CLA Palmeiras/SP 1-1 Boca Juniors
08.04.2018 SP Palmeiras/SP 0-1/p.3-4 Corinthians/SP
03.04.2018 CLA Palmeiras/SP 2-0 Alianza Lima
31.03.2018 SP Corinthians/SP 0-1 Palmeiras/SP
27.03.2018 SP Palmeiras/SP 1-2/p.5-3 Santos/SP
24.03.2018 SP Santos/SP 0-1 Palmeiras/SP
Botafogo on the other hand surprised everyone by winning the 2018 Campeonato Carioca.
Before the tournament, if we compared the big teams in Rio de Janeiro, we could confidently say that they were only the 4th biggest strength.
But it seems like they weren’t affected by that and Botafogo ended up knocking out the favourites Flamengo and Vasco and winning the competition.
I should remind you that in the middle of the competition, they switched managers and had a timid approach to the transfer market due to their chronical financial problems.
Botafogo vs Palmeiras – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This match is between the Rio de Janeiro’s champions and the São Paulo’s vice-champions.
I recognize value on Botafogo’s work, but the technical disparity I see here is substantially large to justify betting on the visitors here.
I’ve also been seeing that Palmeiras has been doing better away from home. The Engenhão doesn’t seem to be such a scary stadium, so I believe Palmeiras will win here.
|Palmeiras AH 0||