2019 Brazilian Serie A – Botafogo vs Flamengo Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Botafogo vs Flamengo kick off? Thursday 7th November, 2019 – 23:00 (UK)

Where is Botafogo vs Flamengo being played? Estádio Nilson Santos, Rio de Janeiro

What TV channel is Botafogo vs Flamengo on? Premiere FC Brasil (Brazil), Premiere Internacional (Rest of the world)

Where can I stream Botafogo vs Flamengo? Premiere Play

Where can I get tickets for Botafogo vs Flamengo? https://www.voucherseguro.com/botafogo/futebol/botafogo.html

THE TEAM NEWS

BOTAFOGO

  • Botafogo are coming off a resounding defeat this past Sunday, when they suffered a 4-1 loss against Santos. They are currently riding a three-game losing streak, but their woes can extend further back than that as Botafogo own a putrid W2, L9 form over their last 11 Serie A matches.
  • Right-back Marcinho has been ruled out of this game through injury, while Benevunto and Jean are doubtful but right now they seem unlikely to play here. Based on recent reports, Botafogo are not expected to make too many changes to the starting XI that featured last week against Santos.

Expected starting XI: Gatito Fernández; Fernando Costanza, Joel Carli, Gabriel, Yuri; Wenderson, Bochecha; Luiz Fernando, Joao Paulo, Igor Cassio; Victor Rangel

FLAMENGO

  • Flamengo continue their dominant march towards another Serie A title and they are coming off a huge 4-1 home win over Corinthians in one of the biggest derbies in Brazilian football. Bruno Henrique scored a hat-trick in that match, and the 28-year-old forward has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions. Plus, Flamengo own a 17-game undefeated streak in the Serie A, with 15 wins and two draws.
  • Flamengo’s manager Jorge Jesus do not have injuries ahead of this contest but he is widely expected to rotate his Best XI ahead of this match. Even though Gabigol and Bruno Henrique will lead the way upfront, there could be rotations in other areas as Flamengo's hectic schedule sees four games in the upcoming 11 days before the 2019 Copa Libertadores final.

Expected starting XI: Diego Alves; Rafinha, Rodrigo Caio, Pablo Marí, Filipe Luís; William Arao, Gerson; Everton Ribeiro, Diego Ribas, Bruno Henrique; Gabriel Barbosa

THE PREDICTION

Flamengo currently sit in first place of the Brazilian Serie A standings and, aside from their impressive 17-game undefeated run, they also have a W4, D1 record in their last five matches while averaging 2.2 goals scored per game over that span. Botafogo might be at home in this match, but they are riding a three-game losing streak and have looked clueless over the last few matches. Their defence needs a lot of work after conceding 12 goals in their last five league outings (2.4 per game). Flamengo should coast to victory here and take another step towards the league title.

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