Botafogo RJ vs Atletico-MG Prediction & Tips
Botafogo – Atletico Mineiro, scheduled for Thursday, at 3.30, in the 4th stage of the Brazilian championship, at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, has a clear favorite for the guest team. After 3 stages, Mineiro is the leader, with the maximum score, while Botafogo is going through a rather serious crisis, being without a victory for almost two months.
Botafogo (14th place, 2 points, 1-1 goal difference) started the competition panting, already mentally charged with the lack of results in the previous months. The first two stages meant two draws with modest teams: 1-1 at Bragantino and 0-0 at Fortaleza.
The band from Rio de Janeiro, with a huge tradition behind it, but crushed in recent years by financial problems and constantly threatened in the second part of the ranking, is now fighting not only with the crisis of confidence, but also with the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. due to which a match was postponed, and some players went into quarantine.
The “black and whites” have not won since June 28, from a 6-2 with the anonymous Cabofriense, at home, in the state championship of Rio de Janeiro (Carioca). Since then and until the start of the season in the Brazilian Serie A, Botafogo played 4 more games: 0-0 at Portuguesa, 0-0 at Fluminense (both games in the Carioca championship), 0-1 at Fluminense, 1-1 at home with the same formation (last two games – friendly).
At home, 4 footballers will certainly not play: Barros and Marcinho are injured, and Cicero and Pedro are in quarantine, due to the Sars-CoV-2 virus.
Atletico Mineiro (1st place, 9 points, goal difference 6-2) is on the right track. The team now leads Serie A, with a maximum score after 3 stages, but if we count the matches in all competitions we see that Atletico Mineiro already has 6 victories in a row and 10 games since it has not lost.
The last defeat must be sought on February 27, in the Brazilian Cup, a 2-3 after extra time at Afogados da Ingazeira.
Since then, there have been 8 victories and two draws in the Mineiro Championship and the Brazilian Serie A.
In the first league, the team prepared by the former Argentine coach Sampaoli (who also played for Chile, FC Sevilla and Santos) was very convincing in the first three stages, although at least two of the three opponents were heavy teams: 1-0 at Flamengo in the first round, 3-2 at home with Corinthians in the second round, 2-0 at home with Ceara in the third round.
All games brought to the fore a robust game of the Belo Horizonte team: intense rhythm, aesthetic style, pleasing to the eye and efficient.
Botafogo RJ – Atletico-MG FREE TIPS
Botafogo RJ – Win @ 2.25
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90