Botafogo vs. Chapecoense / Brazilian Serie A – Fifth-placed Botafogo and 10th-positioned Chapecoense will open the 35th round of Brazilian Serie A, where the latter has nine points fewer. Given that the home team still tries to qualify for the Copa Libertadores it needs points more, while additional motive will be fact that were defeated by Chapecoense in the first part of season by 2-1. Begins: 16.11.2016 – 22:30 CET
We need to say that Botafogo drew two times in a row after a streak of five wins, which significantly slowed them down in chase for third-placed Flamengo, as they have even eight points fewer than they. On the other hand compared to seventh-positioned Corinthians they still have solid five points more and are close to reach at least qualifying play-off for the Copa Libertadores, especially if they managed to win all three points now against Chapecoense.
Botafogo drew previous two matches by the same result 0-0, firstly with Coritibe at home and then away with Flamengo, which tells us that coach Ventura is more pleased with the defence than attack, so it is quite realistic to expect to make several changes in the team that will face Chapocoense. Regarding absences, due to injuries out of action are only goalkeeper Jefferson and defender Ricardo.
Probable lineups Botafogo: Sidao – Alemao, Carli, Emerson Santos, Victor Luis – Bruno Silva, Airton, Lindoso – Camilo –Pimpao, Neilton
Before this match in Rio de Janeiro the guests from Chapeco weren’t defeated in previous four matches; where they won once and drew once both in the championship and Copa Sudamericana. Now for them are far more important results made in Copa Sudamericana, given that have qualified for the semi-final after victory at home over Columbian Junior, and then pulled very good 1-1 in the first leg against Argentinian San Lorenzo.
On the other hand, after not so good series in the Brazilian Serie A during which they won just two points, they again won 10 day ago when they defeated Figueirense at home 1-0. In that way Chapecoense has probably won the key points needed for their survival in the Serie A as four rounds before the end they have even eight points more than teams in the relegation zone, and now can face Botafogo being under less pressure. However, coach Caio Junior has plenty of problems with absences as defenders Gimenez, Marcelo and Ruschel, midfielders Gil and Hyoran, and forwards Ananias and Martinuccio are injured.
Probable lineups Chapecoense: Danilo – Caramelo, Thiego, Neto, Dener – Santana, Josimar, Biteco – Tiaguinho – Gomes, Rangel
Botafogo – Chapecoense PICK
Given that the guests from Chapco have practically secured their survival in the league we believe that they will turn their attention to the Copa Sudamericana, where are on verge to reach the final, so their next rival, Botafogo could easily than expected win three very important points in the race for the very top of Serie A.
Pick: Botafogo wins
Odds: 1.70 at BetVictor (down to 1.65 can be played)