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Fluminense make the trip to Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos on Sunday for the Serie A meeting with hosts Botafogo.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Botafogo v Fluminense can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Botafogo fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 2-3 Serie A success versus Internacional.
In that game, Botafogo managed 22% possession and 10 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For Botafogo, the goalscorers were Vinícius Lopes (19'), Erison (59') and Hugo (101'). For their opponents, Internacional got 18 attempts at goal with 8 on target. Edenílson (9') and Fabricio Bustos (14') scored for Internacional.
It has been seldom in recent games that Botafogo have shown defensive steel. The facts show that Botafogo have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 10 goals on the way.
Coming into this meeting, Botafogo have not beaten Fluminense in their previous 3 league matches.
Fluminense will go into this clash following a 2-1 Copa do Brasil win versus Cruzeiro in their most recent match.
During their 6 latest matches, Fernando Diniz's Fluminense have fired home 9 times therefore giving them the goals scored per game average of 1.5.
Looking at their past form shows that Fluminense:
- remain undefeated by Botafogo when they've played them away from home in the last 2 matches in the league.
- are without a win away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 14/05/2018 shows us that Botafogo have won 2 of these games and Fluminense 3, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
A combined total of 10 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 4 of them from Fogão and 6 coming from Tricolor. That’s an average goals per game of 1.67.
The last league fixture between these sides was Serie A match day 32 on 24/01/2021 which ended up with the score at Fluminense 2-0 Botafogo.
That day, Fluminense had 48% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Goals were scored by Lucca (67') and Wellington Silva (98').
On the other side, Botafogo got 5 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target.
The referee was Edina Alves Batista.
Team News: Botafogo
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just the sole fitness concern for the Botafogo gaffer Luís Castro to be concerned about from of an almost fully healthy set of players. Rafael (Achilles tendon rupture) is sidelined.
It seems likely that Fogão will probably make use of the 3-5-2 system this time, handing starts to R. Gatito Fernández, Klaus, Kanu, Joel Carli, Renzo Saravia, Rikelmi, Breno, Tchê Tchê, Hugo, Vinícius Lopes and Erison.
Team News: Fluminense
Thanks to a fully healthy group to pick from, the Fluminense boss Fernando Diniz does not have any fitness worries to report ahead of this game.
We’re of the thinking that Tricolor seem most likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 system using Fabio, Samuel Xavier, Nino, Manoel, Caio Paulista, Gustavo Nonato, André, Luiz Henrique, Ganso, Jhon Arias and Germán Cano.
Looking at these two, we feel that Fluminense and Botafogo may well find themselves both scoring in what promises to be a very even battle here.
Let’s see how it plays out, but a draw is looking likely to us. We’re therefore tipping a very close game with a 1-1 score draw at the end of the match.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos (46,931)
Captain: Joel Carli
Chairman: Durcésio Mello
Manager: Luís Castro
Competitions: Serie A position 8, Copa do Brasil (Round of 16)
🔑 Key Man: Diego Gonçalves
Usually deployed in the Right Wing position, Diego Gonçalves was born in Guarujá, Brazil. After having played his first senior match for Sporting Olhanense in the 2013 - 2014 season, the gifted Forward has got 2 league goals in the Série A 2022 season so far in 9 appearances.