Flamengo hosts Cruzeiro at the Maracanã on the 1st leg of this Copa do Brasil 2017 final.
A national derby to decide who wins Copa do Brasil
At the start of the season, practically everyone was predicting that Cruzeiro and Flamengo would be able to challenge for titles this year because of their great squads.
Both were disappointing in the Brazilian Serie A, but they have on this Cup final a great chance to ensure a spot in the Copa Libertadores and to win a national title.
In the Serie A, Cruzeiro is only 6th with 31 points gained so far. The team from Minas Gerais has engaged in this competition on the round of 16.
They eliminated Chapecoense on that round, Palmeiras in the quarter-final and Gremio on the semi-final. Mano Menezes has some doubts: Ezequiel and Lucas Romero are doubtful and Sobis will not start yet.
Flamengo vs Cruzeiro – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Flamengo has in this Copa do Brasil their big goal of the season.
After the failure on Libertadores and a below average campaign in the domestic league, the Copa do Brasil is their chance to save a season that should have been victorious.
The team from Rio de Janeiro has invested a lot of money to setup this season’s squad and finishing this season without a title would be a huge failure.
In the Serie A, Flamengo sits in 5th place with 35 points. For this match, Flamengo has a lot of problems.
Even more because the players they signed during the year couldn’t be signed up to play in the Copa do Brasil. Diego Alves, Everton Ribeiro and Geovanio won’t be able to play.
I expect a very close match here. Flamengo has improved with Rueda in charge, including defensively, which was a problem for them.
On Cruzeiro we know Mano Menezes and we know that they will play not to lose in this 1st leg.
I believe that both teams will refrain their actions and we will see a low-scoring match.
|Under 2.5 goals||