Flamengo vs Independiente: Flamengo plays to “salvage” their year of 2017 on this Copa Sudamericana final
Despite having won the State Championship unbeaten, they still need a more important title to compensate the investment made in 2017,.
The disappointing campaign in Copa Libertadores, where they were knocked out on the group stage and the modest 6th place in the Brazilian Serie A, managing to comeback dramatically after winning from behind against Vitória at the Barradão on the final round of the Serie A, are very disappointing results.
The manager Reinaldo Rueda will be able to repeat the same starting line-up he used on the 1st leg of the final, since no one is suspended for this match.
Independiente took advantage of the 1st leg at home and bring to the Maracanã an interesting advantage, since they will only be eliminated in regular time if they lose by 2 or more goals. If they lose by 1 goal, we will have extra time.
Independiente’s record on the away matches of the Sudamericana is 3 wins and 2 losses, both 1-0, although their opponent here in the final is better than all the other 5 they faced on this competition.
Thinking about the final, the manager Ariel Holan rested all his starters on the Argentinian league, and the reserves ended up beating last place Arsenal de Sarandí 2-1. There aren’t any suspended players on the Argentinian side as well.
This promises to be a great match at the Maracanã. The 1st leg of this final was very interesting, since Flamengo was able to take advantage of their strong suit which is the aerial play, especially with the defender Réver, who ended up scoring in the beginning of the match in Avellaneda.
After that, it was a massacre by the Argentinian team until they took the lead. Flamengo’s posture was the same of the match in Barranquila against Atlético Junior.
The only difference was the quality of their opponents, since the Argentinians are a much better team.
After getting the lead, Independiente backed off too much, hoping to exploit the counter-attacks, but they were too passive, being “pressured” by Flamengo until the end of the match, with the Brazilian team lacking a bit of patience.
Flamengo vs Independiente – Betting Tip and Prediction:
For this match, I believe that the key point is that Flamengo’s defence isn’t reliable at all.
It wasn’t hard for Independiente to find spaces on the Brazilian team’s defence, and I believe that that scenario can repeat itself at the Marcanã.
Of course, that Flamengo will have the initiative this time, but I think it is very possible that the Argentinian team will score their goal.
I see that possibility with good eyes and their odds are pretty interesting, so I like this bet.
|Independiente – Team Goals Over 0.5||