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The Serie A game at Estádio do Maracanã on Saturday will see hosts Flamengo go into battle with América Mineiro.
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Flamengo will be wanting a better result here following the 2-1 Copa do Brasil defeat last time out to Atlético Mineiro.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times where Flamengo haven’t conceded. In fact, Flamengo have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 10 goals during that time. That pattern isn’t assured to be sustained into this next game, of course.
After a loss in their previous game against Fortaleza in Serie A action, América Mineiro will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, América Mineiro had 49% possession and 14 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. At the other end, Fortaleza got 18 attempts at goal with 8 on target. Yago Pikachu (43') scored for Fortaleza.
Looking at their form, and América Mineiro have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 6 goals in all. At the back, América Mineiro can certainly do much better.
Heading into this fixture, América Mineiro are without an away win for the past 4 league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head results going back to 25/07/2016 shows that these fixtures have been miserable for América Mineiro. They’ve not managed to get any wins at all whereas Flamengo have maintained the edge over them, beating them in 67% of those matches.
An aggregate of 14 goals were scored between them in these games, with 10 of them from Fla and 4 coming from Coelho. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.33.
The last league meeting featuring these clubs was Serie A match day 22 on 26/09/2021 and the score finished América Mineiro 1-1 Flamengo.
That day, América Mineiro had 43% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Their only player to score was Alê (95').
Flamengo got 9 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. Michael (89') scored.
The match was refereed by Anderson Daronco.
Team News: Flamengo
The Flamengo manager Dorival Júnior doesn’t have any fitness concerns whatsoever before this game with a fully injury-free group ready to go.
We think that Fla could use a 4-2-3-1 formation for the game and select Diego Alves, Matheuzinho, Rodrigo Caio, Pablo, Ayrton, Joao Gomes, Andreas Pereira, Éverton Ribeiro, G. de Arrascaeta, Vitinho and Gabriel Barbosa.
Team News: América Mineiro
Thanks to a fully injury-free squad available to select from, the América Mineiro manager Vágner Mancini has zero fitness concerns whatsoever before this game.
From our viewpoint, Coelho seem likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 system, going with Airton, Raúl Cáceres, Germán Conti, Eder, Marlon, Lucas Kal, Danilo Avelar, Everaldo, Juninho, Felipe Azevedo and Aloisio.
In this match, Flamengo have it within them to be able to score a couple when they line up against América Mineiro, who could well struggle scoring.
We can therefore see a 2-0 winning score for Flamengo at the end of the match.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã (78,838)
Captain: Diego Ribas da Cunha
Chairman: Rodolfo Landim
Manager: Dorival Júnior
Competitions: Serie A position 14, Copa do Brasil (Round of 16), Copa Libertadores (Round of 16)
🔑 Key Player: Gabriel Barbosa
Normally deployed in the Striker position, Gabriel Barbosa was born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Santos in the 2013 season, the dangerous Forward has managed to score 3 league goals in this Série A 2022 season so far in a total of 12 appearances.