Palmeiras vs Flamengo – Brazilian Serie A : PALMEIRAS’ Analysis: Palmeiras hosts Flamengo at the Allianz Arena under a lot of pressure…
That is due to the fact that they failed win everything this season, despite spending millions in new signings.
Poor exhibitions and eliminations from the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil were responsible for the dismissals of Eduardo Baptista and Cuca, which means the responsibility of taking this team forwards is on the shoulders of an interim manager.
The environment is so heavy that there was a players’ meeting this week, which leads me to believe that they have a lot of responsibility on them to win this match.
The title is no longer a possibility for them, with the team sitting in 4th place with 54 points, 14 behind the leaders Corinthians, and their fight is now only to ensure a spot in the top 4.
This match is now obligatory for them to win, and that can be a good or bad thing, it will all depend on their posture at the beginning of the match.
The team won’t have the defender Mina, the full back Egídio and the attacking midfielder Borja available, but they can count with the return of the attacker William.
Flamengo is a team that doesn’t aspire to much at this final stretch of the Brazilian Serie A.
They are 7th with 50 points and the team is only looking to maintain themselves in the pre-Libertadores zone, in case they fail to win the Copa Sudamericana.
In fact, the attention is turned to the intercontinental competition, with the team looking to win the title to salvage the season which has been filled with deceptions,
with the eliminations on Copa Libertadores in the group stage and losing in the final of Copa do Brasil.
Their recent showings show that Reinaldo Rueda’s team is a bit demotivated on the competition, playing just for the sake of fulfilling the schedule.
The truth is that the quality of their performances has dropped heavily, because the manager imposes too many changes and the team isn’t able to keep up the level of performance. And for this match he will change again.
Guerrero is still out, as well as their midfielder Diego, but they will have the return of Juan to the defence.
The problem is knowing if the veteran defender will be in form for this match that promises to be very intense.
Palmeiras vs Flamengo – Betting Tip and Prediction:
On one hand we have a team pressured to win, playing at home and looking to secure a Copa Libertadores’ spot that would be the consolation prize of the season.
On the other hand, we have a team that is focusing on other competition, who has some absences, who is coming off some very poor exhibitions and are playing without any responsibility.
I’m betting on Palmeiras to win, despite looking shaky, since they have good individual talents and the higher level of competitiveness in this match might favour them.
|Palmeiras to win||