Flamengo vs Santos – Brazilian Serie A: How to focus on the Brazilian Serie A?…
Flamengo is coming off a comeback victory against Junior Barranquilla last Thursday, on the 1st leg of the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals. Next Thursday, they will have the 2nd leg, in Colombia.
The challenge is: how to maintain focus on the domestic competition while having the decisive match of the continental competition?
Even because of that, the manager Reinaldo Rueda is keeping their starting lineup for this match secret, which is an indication that he will rest some players, with the help of the club’s physical department.
The only certainty is the absence of the goalkeeper Diego Alves that fractured his collarbone on Thursday and won’t play for the rest of the year. The doubt is on Alex Muralha and César.
The natural thing would be to field Muralha, even so he could regain some rhythm. The problema is that, in the Sudamericana, in case he hurts himself,
Flamengo would be left with only the young Gabriel Batista, since Tiago and Diego Alves will be injured and César isn’t signed up for the competition.
Flamengo – 6th place with 53 points
Santos – 4th place with 59 points
23.11.2017 CSA CR Flamengo/RJ 2-1 Junior Barranquilla
19.11.2017 D1 CR Flamengo/RJ 3-0 Corinthians/SP
16.11.2017 D1 Coritiba/PR 1-0 CR Flamengo/RJ
12.11.2017 D1 Palmeiras/SP 2-0 CR Flamengo/RJ
08.11.2017 D1 CR Flamengo/RJ 2-0 Cruzeiro/MG
05.11.2017 D1 Grêmio/RS 3-1 CR Flamengo/RJ
19.11.2017 D1 Santos/SP 1-0 Grêmio/RS
16.11.2017 D1 Bahia/BA 3-1 Santos/SP
13.11.2017 D1 Chapecoense/SC 2-0 Santos/SP
08.11.2017 D1 Santos/SP 1-2 Vasco da Gama/RJ
04.11.2017 D1 Santos/SP 3-1 Atlético Mineiro/MG
28.10.2017 D1 São Paulo/SP 2-1 Santos/SP
Flamengo vs Santos – Betting Tip and Prediction:
On the side of Santos, the focus is on the Brazilian Serie A. Despite the beginning of the dismantling, already with the dismissals of Zeca and Lucas Lima, the team needs a draw to ensure they will qualify for the Copa Libertadores.
And the team has returned to winning ways on the last round, curiously against a team that was also deciding a continental tournament: Grêmio, who is on the Copa Libertadores’ final.
What is expected? A balanced match, so I don’t consider Flamengo should be such heavy favourites. My bet will be on a positive handicap favouring Santos.
|Santos AH +0.75||