Chapecoense vs Flamengo – Brazilian Serie A : Looking to maintain the leadership of the league, Flamengo travels to Chapecó to face Chapecoense who is still winless so far.
It is sad but the news for the many Chape supporters is that the team will have a lot of difficulties to stay away from the relegation zone this season.
I don’t know until what point the tragedy of 2 years ago still affects the club financially, but the fact is that this year’s roster isn’t very different from the level of the teams that will surely be amongst the 4 who will be relegated.
In 4 matches, they have lost the first one 5-1 away from home and then they drew 3 times, with Vasco (1-1), Palmeiras (0-0) and Paraná (1-1).
If we think about it, they have gotten points in 3 rounds, but the football presented is poor, and this is a team that will be based on a compact defence, but when they need to attack, they lack quality.
Against teams of their level, they need to be aggressive, especially playing at home, and we have seen against Paraná that the offensive difficulties are as large as playing with the best in the league.
In this match, they won’t have the center forward Wellington Paulista, the team’s top goal scorer, with Leandro Pereira maybe being his replacement.
Flamengo, on the other hand, is living an exciting period. They are the isolated leaders of the league and they have advanced onto the next stage of the Copa do Brasil. They come into this match with a lot of morale.
In reality, the team didn’t do well on the draw against Ponte Preta at home, in the Copa do Brasil, risking throwing away their qualification, but they need to take advantage of this moment where the schedule is easier.
Undeniably, they’ve had an easy start on this beginning, facing weaker opponents, with Internacional, who aren’t in form, being the strongest one so far. Besides that, Vitória, América and Ceará, all teams who will fight to avoid relegation.
But that’s not Flamengo’s fault. They have to take advantage of it, and Chape is on the same level as those teams, while Flamengo is much better.
The danger in this match is the chance of some players being rested, looking into the Libertadores’ match next week.
News say that Diego Alves, Réver, Lucas Paquetá and Éverton won’t travel, but I don’t think they will have a drop in terms of performance, since the midfielder Diego is returning.
Chapecoense vs Flamengo – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Chape is forced to try to win, and that already gives Flamengo a better way to manage this match. Spaces should appear, and they have more than enough speed to go on the counter-attack.
I believe they will win, even without those players, since I’m not pleased by this Chape team, who I find to be not very dangerous, so the value is all on the visiting side.