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Botafogo will be at Estádio São Januário on Sunday for the Serie A meeting with home side Vasco da Gama.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Vasco da Gama v Botafogo, scroll down - plus the latest match odds.
Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama enter this game after a 0-0 Serie A tied result versus Atlético Goianiense.
In that game, Vasco da Gama had 56% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. At the other end, Atlético Goianiense had 8 shots at goal with 2 on target.
Vasco da Gama have really struggled up front in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure equals just 3 against opposition teams over their last 6 matches. In those meetings, Vascão have also seen the number of goals that have gone against them total 12.
Their prior results show that Vasco da Gama:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Botafogo in their last 2 matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
After being defeated in their last game at the hands of Atletico PR in Serie A competition, Botafogo and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that match, Botafogo managed 61% possession and 24 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. On the other side, Atletico PR got 8 shots at goal with 4 on target. Renato Kayzer (31') and Léo Cittadini (48') scored for Atletico PR.
The forward players for Botafogo have been starved of goals over their last 6 games, contributing the unsatisfactory return of just 3. In those matches, Fogão have also seen the overall goal aggregate against them equal 12. Such a trend isn’t assured to follow through into this game, of course.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings going back to 10/10/2018, there has been little to separate the clubs with Vasco da Gama winning 2 of those games, Botafogo 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
A total of 12 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 6 from Vascão and 6 being from Fogão. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.
Team News: Vasco da Gama
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Vasco da Gama boss Ricardo Sá Pinto to be concerned with from an otherwise complete group of players. Ricardo Graça (Appendicitis) is out of contention. Léo Matos is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Botafogo
With a fully injury-free squad available to select from, Botafogo boss Eduardo Barroca has no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this clash.
For this match, we think that Botafogo should be able to put one past this Vasco da Gama side, although that may not be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We’re going for a 2-1 victory for Vasco da Gama when the full-time whistle blows. Hopefully this is a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Vasco da Gama
Stadium: Estádio São Januário (21,880)
Captain: Leandro Castán
Chairman: Alexandre Campello
Manager: Ricardo Sá Pinto
Competitions: Serie A position 17
🔑 Key Player: Ribamar
Mostly taking up the Striker position, Ribamar was born in Brazil. After having made a senior debut playing for Botafogo in the 2016 season, the skilful Forward has accumulated 4 league goals in this Série A 2020 campaign so far coming from a total of 15 appearances.