Flamengo took a bigger gap in the lead of the Brazilian Serie A league and more than 50 thousand fans will join them at Maracanã Stadium, when trying to take another victory this weekend against Atletico Mineiro, in the middle of a FIFA international schedule and some absences in both teams.
Last Sunday, Flamengo won 0-1 on the road against Chapecoense and secured the first position in the league for another round. Chapecoense is the worst team in the league this season and this duel was supposed to be a piece of cake, but Flamengo had some important absences in both defense and offense and was a bit more cautious, but they controlled the whole match and got the victory. What was best for the leader is that its closest rival, Palmeiras, only obtained one point after a draw at home with Atletico Mineiro, and now they extended the gap up to 5 points.
As you know, another international break is about to start and Brazil will play a couple of friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria. For Flamengo, Gabriel Barbosa and Rodrigo Caio were called by Brazil’s coach, Tite, and won’t be able to play with the local team for this round. Also, Arrascaeta, Filipe Luís, Berrío, and Diego are still injured for this match.
The side of Atletico Mineiro is a struggling one. They are in the middle of the table of the league and their last results haven’t been the best. Two weeks ago, they lost Copa Sudamericana semifinals on the penalty kicks and after that, they have played three games in the league for a 1-1-1 record. For this match, their absences are way bigger and important than Flamengo’s. Mineiro’s coach already confirmed that his goalkeeper Cleiton and the right wing-back Guga will respond the U23 Brazil’s national team call. Also, the Venezuelan Rómulo Otero was called by its national team and won’t be able to play this weekend with Mineiro. Regarding injuries, Chará is still recovering from a muscular injury, Víctor has a big injury in his knee, as well as Rever and Jair who are with thigh troubles and haven’t been confirmed for this match yet. Additionally, Luan received his third yellow card and will be suspended for one game.
Having all these stats, the duel promises to be a tough and disputed one. For me, the odds are a bit exaggerated for Flamengo’s victory. Yes, their season has been great and their goal average is over 2.0, but their last matches have been victories with minimum gaps and they will also have some important absences for this match. Mineiro also had a draw with the second-best of the league in the last round and they surely got some inspiration from that. My bet will be Flamengo -0.75 AH which has odds around 1.5, but risky lovers can take the -1 AH which is closer to 1.8 and offers a good value as well. You can also place this bet at VIP-IBC if you register at the best betting platform for multiple bookmakers.