Santos vs Vasco: Santos hosts Vasco on the 33th round of the Brazilian Serie A…
And this match has everything to be a duel between attack and defence, since the team from São Paulo still dreams of winning the national title so they really need to win this match, facing Vasco who are living a difficult situation outside the pitch and have a lot of absences.
Santos’ team is the best home team in the league, and playing at Vila Belmiro, their numbers are even better.
With the team in full strength and counting mainly on the good football Bruno Henrique has been presenting and their strong aerial game to ensure another win here in order to keep chasing the leader Corinthians.
The only doubt for the manager Elano is whether he should maintain the young Arthur who played really well on their last match on the starting line-up or if he should switch back to the Colombian Copete.
Unbeaten on their last 8 matches and still dreaming with a spot for next year’s Copa Libertadores, Vasco looks much better on paper than they actually are at the moment.
On those 8 matches, only 3 of them ended with victories, which means the other 5 ended in draws, with most of them being unconvincing performances from Vasco, who was miraculously able to avoid defeat.
Going through a difficult situation outside the pitch, with elections nearby and a lot of external dispute, the club is far from living a calm situation, and that reflects on their football.
As if there weren’t enough external problems and if they weren’t facing the vice-leader and the best home team in the league, Vasco is packed with absences, especially on their defensive line.
The goalkeeper Martin will be out on international duty, and everyone who knows Vasco’s reserve goalkeepers know how worrying that perspective can be.
The left back Ramon only returns in 2018 due to a contusion, the right back Madson is suspended due to receiving his 3rd yellow card, the main responsible for the improvement of their defensive performance in the league.
The defender Anderson Martins, is also out with a muscular issue, and finally the centre forward Luis Fabiano also received the 3rd yellow card so he won’t be available as well.
Santos vs Vasco – Betting Tip and Prediction:
On a match where I’d normally try to go on the -0.75 Handicap due to Santos’ strength and their need to win, I see a good alternative in risking on the -1 AH due to all the absences the visiting team has.
I’d be very surprised if Santos didn’t win, and in case of a 1-goal victory we would break even, because our bet would be a push.
|Santos AH -1||