Botafogo hosts Santos at the Engenhão on a match of the 24th round of the Brazilian Serie A….
In what could be the reissue of one of the great Brazilian derbies will be a completely empty match. That’s because both teams are involved in the Copa Libertadores.
I’ll explain. They have played midweek and they will now play the decisive 2nd leg next week. Therefore, both teams should field teams completely filled with reserves in this match.
Santos is higher on the league table and are coming off a win against Corinthians.
But the team has an additional problem of fatigue, since they played in Equador and have accumulated a total of over 40 hours of travelling.
On the league table, they sit in 3rd place with 41 points, 9 points behind 1st place Corinthians.
Latest results – Botafogo/RJ:
13.09.2017 CLA Botafogo/RJ 0-0 Grêmio/RS
10.09.2017 D1 Botafogo/RJ 2-0 CR Flamengo/RJ
27.08.2017 D1 Bahia/BA 1-2 Botafogo/RJ
23.08.2017 Cup CR Flamengo/RJ 1-0 Botafogo/RJ
20.08.2017 D1 Ponte Preta/SP 2-1 Botafogo/RJ
16.08.2017 Cup Botafogo/RJ 0-0 CR Flamengo/RJ
Latest results – Santos/SP:
13.09.2017 CLA Barcelona SC 1-1 Santos/SP
10.09.2017 D1 Santos/SP 2-0 Corinthians/SP
27.08.2017 D1 Cruzeiro/MG 1-1 Santos/SP
20.08.2017 D1 Coritiba/PR 0-0 Santos/SP
14.08.2017 D1 Santos/SP 0-0 Fluminense/RJ
10.08.2017 CLA Santos/SP 1-0 Atlético/PR
Botafogo vs Santos – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Botafogo are in the same situation. But if Santos are struggling due to fatigue, Botafogo is suffering because they have the smaller roster.
They’ve made a great campaign so far, considering what they have available on their roster.
Both in the Serie A, as well as on the Copa Libertadores, the team is still fighting. On the Serie A, the team is 7th with 37 points.
On Copa Libertadores, they will play away against Gremio after a 0-0 draw in the 1st leg.
Here, I expect a low-scoring match. That was already expected, due to the teams’ characteristics.
But that is even more likely to happen due to the fact that neither of these teams will be on full strength.
|Under 2.5 goals||