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Botafogo will be taking on guests Fortaleza at Estádio Nilton Santos in this Serie A meeting on Sunday.
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Botafogo will be wanting a better result here following a 1-2 Serie A defeat in their last game at the hands of Red Bull Bragantino.
In that game, Botafogo managed 60% possession and 12 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for Botafogo was Matheus Babi (44'). On the other side, Red Bull Bragantino got 11 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Ytalo (45') and Cláudinho (86') scored for Red Bull Bragantino.
Botafogo haven’t exactly had impressive attacking statistics of late. Their ‘goals for’ figure equals just 3 versus opponents during their previous six matches. In those games, Fogão have also seen the number of goals that have gone against them come to 6.
Their previous form shows that Botafogo:
- haven't beaten Fortaleza in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- have not won at home in their last 3 matches in the league.
In their last game, Fortaleza drew 0-0 in the Serie A match with Vasco da Gama.
In that match, Fortaleza managed 53% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Vasco da Gama got 11 shots at goal with 5 of them on target.
The numbers tell their own story, and Fortaleza have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 10 goals in total. In defence, Fortaleza have clearly had some problems. We will just have to find out if that trend will be sustained into this next match.
Ahead of this meeting, Fortaleza haven’t won away from home in the past 9 league games. Who knows how long it might last, too.
Head to head
Looking over their past head-to-head meetings going back to 04/12/2005 tells us that Botafogo have won 4 of them & Fortaleza 1, with the tally of drawn games standing at 1.
A total of 10 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 7 of them from Fogão and 3 being from Fortaleza. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.67.
The last league encounter between the two was Serie A match day 3 on 16/08/2020 which ended up with the score at Fortaleza 0-0 Botafogo.
In that match, Fortaleza managed 58% possession and 11 shots at goal with 1 on target.
Botafogo got 14 shots on goal with 6 on target.
The referee was Marielson Silva.
Team News: Botafogo
There’s just a single fitness concern for the Botafogo manager Ramón Díaz to be concerned about from a near full-strength group. Lucas Barros (Knee Injury) will miss out.
Team News: Fortaleza
Owing to a fully healthy squad available for selection, Fortaleza boss Rogério Ceni doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all coming into this game.
We’re of the opinion that Fortaleza will likely be able to breach the defence of this Botafogo outfit, however that realistically won’t be as many as they will have scored against them.
We are anticipating a narrow 2-1 winning score for Botafogo when all is said and done. It really should be an interesting one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Nilton Santos (46,931)
Captain: Roberto Fernández
Chairman: Nelson Mufarrej
Manager: Ramón Díaz
Competitions: Serie A position 19
⭐ Star Player: Caio Alexandre
Generally taking to the field in the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Caio Alexandre was born in Duque de Caxias, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Botafogo in the 2020 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has got 4 league goals in this Série A 2020 campaign to date in 19 appearances.