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The Serie A clash at Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo on Thursday will see home side Fortaleza take on Botafogo.
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Fortaleza will be hoping to return to winning ways here following the 0-1 Serie A loss in their previous game against Cruzeiro.
In that match, Fortaleza had 53% possession and 18 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Cruzeiro had 7 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Bruno Rodrigues (80') scored for Cruzeiro.
Fortaleza have really struggled up front in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 4 vs opponents over their previous 6 fixtures. In those games, Fortaleza have also seen the tally of goals against them total 9.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Fortaleza:
- are winless against Botafogo in their previous 3 league matches.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league matches.
Previously, Botafogo drew 2-2 in the Serie A tie with Red Bull Bragantino.
In that match, Botafogo had 35% possession and 11 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. For Botafogo, the scorers were Victor Sá (35') and Carlos Eduardo (37'). Red Bull Bragantino got 25 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Thiago Borbas (3', 96') scored for Red Bull Bragantino.
Looking at their form, and Botafogo have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 13 goals in all. At the back, Botafogo seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. Let’s find out whether or not that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Their past results show that Botafogo:
- remain undefeated by Fortaleza in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
- have not won away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 30/09/2019 shows us that Fortaleza have won 2 of these games & Botafogo 3, with the number of drawn results standing at 1.
An aggregate of 14 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 5 for Fortaleza and 9 created by Fogão. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.33.
The previous league match featuring these sides was Serie A match day 10 on 11/06/2023 which ended up with the score at Botafogo 2-0 Fortaleza.
In that game, Botafogo had 55% possession and 21 shots at goal with 10 on target. Their only player to score was Tiquinho Soares (45', 63').
Fortaleza had 9 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Wilton Pereira Sampaio.
Team News: Fortaleza
Regarding absentees, there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Fortaleza gaffer Juan Vojvoda to be concerned with from a near full-strength set of players. Hércules (Cruciate ligament tear) misses out.
Team News: Botafogo
Botafogo boss Tiago Nunes has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Rafael (Knee injury) and Patrick de Paula (Knee injury) can’t be considered.
We’ve got the feeling that Botafogo may find it difficult to score goals against this Fortaleza outfit who will likely be able to get on the scoresheet themselves in a winning performance.
We’ve gone for a good tussle with a 1-0 victory for Fortaleza when the referee blows for full-time.
Let’s see what happens.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo (63,903)
Captain: Guilherme Tinga
Chairman: Marcelo Paz
Manager: Juan Vojvoda
Competitions: Serie A position 12, Copa Sudamericana (Final)
⭐ Key Man: Galhardo
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Galhardo was born in São João del-Rei, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Botafogo in the 2011 season, the accomplished Forward has scored 4 league goals in the Série A 2023 season so far in 29 appearances.