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Botafogo arrive at Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo on Friday for the Serie A tie with home side Ceará.
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Ceará are hoping to win again following the 0-2 Serie A success versus Coritiba.
In that game, Ceará had 38% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 4 on target. For Ceará, the goals were scored by Felipe Vizeu (51') and Saulo Mineiro (74'). On the other side, Coritiba got 16 shots on goal with 5 of them on target.
It’s been all too rare in recent times that Ceará have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Vovô have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 9 goals during that time.
Looking at their past form shows that Ceará:
- have not been beaten in the league by Botafogo in their last 5 matches.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league matches.
Botafogo go into this clash after a 1-0 Serie A win with the defeat of São Paulo in their most recent outing.
In that game, Botafogo had 47% possession and 19 shots at goal with 8 on target. The scorer for Botafogo was Matheus Babi (58'). On the other side, São Paulo had 7 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
For 5 of the previous 6 games involving Botafogo, a relatively low number of goals have been struck between them and opposing sides. The overall average goals scored per game within that period works out to just 2.5, with the number of goals averaged by Fogão being 0.67. That kind of trend might not follow through into this game, however.
Going into this encounter, Botafogo are without a win away from home in their last 5 league games.
Head to head
Drawn results are a common outcome in games between the two sides. In their head to head meetings dating back to 07/09/2011, the records show 5 of these. That’s a very high 83% of games finishing all-square.
A combined total of 10 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 3 of them from Vovô and 7 netted by Fogão. That is an average goals per game value of 1.67.
The previous league fixture between these sides was Serie A match day 19 on 31/10/2020 when the final score was Botafogo 2-2 Ceará.
On that day, Botafogo managed 60% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 6 on target. The goals were scored by Keisuke Honda (16') and Matheus Babi (28').
Ceará got 10 shots on goal with 4 on target. Cléber (23') and Leandro Carvalho (51') scored.
The referee was Diego Pombo Lopez.
Team News: Ceará
Ceará boss Guto Ferreira has zero fitness worries at all ahead of this match with a completely healthy group available for selection.
Team News: Botafogo
Owing to a completely injury-free group ready to go, Botafogo boss Lúcio Flávio has no fitness worries to speak of before this clash.
Ceará will probably create the chances to score more than once when they line up against Botafogo, who will not find it easy to get a goal of their own.
Accordingly, we see a fairly comfortable 2-0 winning score for Ceará at the end of this one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo (63,903)
Captain: Luiz Otávio
Chairman: Robinson de Castro
Manager: Guto Ferreira
Competitions: Serie A position 12
⭐ Key Player: Cléber
Customarily playing in the Striker position, Cléber was born in Brazil. Having played his first senior match for Ceará in the 2020 season, the goalscoring Forward has hit 6 league goals in this Série A 2020 season to date in 33 appearances.