2019 Brazilian Serie A – Flamengo vs Ceara Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Flamengo vs Ceara kick off? Thursday 28th November, 2019 – 00:30 (UK)

Where is Flamengo vs Ceara being played? Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã)

What TV channel is Flamengo vs Ceara on? Premiere FC (Brazil), Canal 11 (Portugal), Globo TV Internacional (North America)

Where can I stream Flamengo vs Ceara? Premiere FC Play (Brazil – subscription required), YouTube (geo-restrictions might apply)

Where can I get tickets for Flamengo vs Ceara? https://flamengo.superingresso.com.br/#!/apresentacao/94f65ca9ac778bc108a60f4b6bbbf7844d0b88fa

THE TEAM NEWS

FLAMENGO

  • Flamengo are coming off a thrilling 2019 Copa Libertadores title where they lifted the title against River Plate with a 2-1 win, thanks to two late goals from star forward Gabriel Barbosa. They also clinched the Brasileirao title, so they will celebrate both in this game. For what it's worth, they enter this game on an impressive 26-game undefeated run in all competitions (W21, D5).
  • Flamengo do not have any injuries ahead of this contest, although star striker Gabigol will be suspended following his red card against Ceara. The rest of the team should be fit and available. Expect Diego Ribas to replace Gabigol, moving Bruno Henrique to a more advanced position.

Expected starting XI: Diego Alves; Rafinha, Pablo Marí, Rodrigo Caio, Filipe Luís; Willian Arao, Gerson; Georgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Ribas, Everton Ribeiro; Bruno Henrique

CEARA

  • Flamengo might not have anything left to play for, but that’s not the case with Ceara. They are coming off a 1-1 home draw against Sao Paulo and currently sit in 16th place of the standings with 37 points. They sit just one point above the relegation zone with four matches to be played.
  • Defender Luiz Otávio has been ruled out of this match through suspension. Meanwhile, Joao Paulo and Richard continue to deal with injuries and won’t be available to return ahead of this matchup.

Expected starting XI: Diogo Silva; Samuel Xavier, Tiago Alves, Eduardo Brock, João Lucas; Fabinho; Chico, Ricardinho, Wescley, Felipe Baxola; Bergson

THE PREDICTION

Ceara have everything to play for in this match, and they should be fully motivated following their draw against another top side such as Sao Paulo. However, Flamengo have looked unstoppable over the past few months, and they are planning a huge return to party following their Libertadores title this past Saturday. The visitors will try to keep things close, but Flamengo should rout them with ease despite the absence of their top scorer, Gabigol.

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