Fluminense vs Flamengo: The semi-finals of the Taça Rio of the Campeonato Carioca
once again give us an encounter between Fluminense and Flamengo.
Which is one of the most exciting derbies in Brazilian football.
Even if the two teams are far from their brightest seasons, the importance of the derby still stands, with the added flavor of helping to decide who will be the state champion this year.
The two teams have already met this season, with the match ending on a comfortable win for Fluminense.
That was at the end of February, with Marcos Júnior being on the spotlight, having scored a brace in that match that finished 4-0.
The context of this match is, however, different. Flamengo has won the Taça Guanabara and, despite the 2nd place on the Taça Rio’s group stage, they expect to also advance here and eventually win this competition as well.
As for Fluminense, after a rocky start to the year, they’ve won their group in Taça Rio and they are trying to carry on their success into the fight for this Campeonato Carioca.
Abel Braga, Fluminense’s manager, defends his players and his options, presenting the team in full strength for a match that is decisive for their aspirations.
The team was eliminated from Copa do Brasil, finished the group stage with a draw in Avaí and the doubts about their ability seem legitimate.
Fluminense vs Flamengo – Betting Tip and Prediction:
As for Flamengo, they are living a more positive period, after the success on Taça Guanabara.
The draw at home with River Plate and the victory on the visit to Emelec, on the Copa Libertadores, give a positive expression to the team, that has also been showing an increase of the importance of their younger players on the squad and, after having battered Portuguesa-RJ on the final round of the group stage, they create some momentum heading into these semi-finals.
This is a match for both teams to showcase their offensive qualities, with the final outcome being uncertain.
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