Botafogo vs Ceara
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 7 June 2018
Kick-off: 00:30 CET
Botafogo had picked up just one point from their last three games before visiting Vasco da Gama last weekend, they were still to win away from home in the Série A, but against the team they beat in the Carioca championship finals, they showed their best side, winning the game 1-2. They are now on 12 points from nine matches, having earned eight out of possible 12 at home (still undefeated there, two wins, two draws). Central midfielder Matheus Fernandes missed the game at Sao Januário because of cards, but is back, and expected to start. Attacking midfielder Renatinho missed the last three games because of muscular pains, but trained properly these last days and is available. Same with with another attacking midfielder, João Pedro, three more options for coach Alberto Valentim.
Ceará seem… determined(…) to break every negative record in the Série A. Nine game weeks into the season, they are at the bottom of the table, on just three points, still without a victory. Plus, they have scored just four goals, less than any other team. Last weekend they lost again, 0-1, at home, to Cruzeiro, a defeat that made Jorginho resign. Lisca is Ceará’s new coach, left with the super hard task to “resurrect” a team that seems incapable of winning, of scoring, even of creating chances. The first quarter of the season is already gone, it’s still early, but not that early for Ceará. The first team above the relegation line are six points ahead of them. Six points is not too much, but when you take into consideration the fact that the Fortaleza side have earned just three points in nine matches, those same “not too many” six points, actually feel too-too many…
Previous five matches:
Vasco da Gama vs Botafogo 1-2
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo 3-2
Botafogo vs Vitoria 1-1
America Mineiro vs Botafogo 1-0
Botafogo vs Fluminense 2-1
Ceara vs Cruzeiro 0-1
Chapecoense vs Ceara 2-0
Ceara vs Gremio 0-1
Ceara vs CRB 0-0
Vitoria vs Ceara 2-1
Botafogo’s next game is at Bahia, on Sunday. Same day, Ceará will be hosting Palmeiras (both Brazil Série A matches).
Botafogo vs Ceara: Head to head Stats
Botafogo haven’t hosted Ceará since 2015. The visitors won that Série B game, 0-1. A year earlier, Ceará had won as well, 2-1, in a Copa do Brasil match.
Botafogo vs Ceara: Prediction
Any other result but a Botafogo win will be a major surprise.
Botafogo vs Ceara: Betting Tips
A simple Botafogo victory pays 1.61. Given that Ceará have been ridiculously poor offensively since the start of the season, for more than 1.61, I would risk with Botafogo’s win combined with a clean sheet (2.50).