Flamengo vs. America Mineiro / Brazilian Serie A – Sixth-positioned Flamengo will face the last America Mineiro in the last match of the 16th round of Brazilian Seire A, which on top of it lags behind for big 16 points. Besides, the guests from Belo Horizonte have lost previous six championship matches, while on the other hand Flamengo easily won two previous matches at home, over Internatcional and Atletico Mineiro. All this indicate that Flamengo is the absolute favourite here, especially as they won three previous head-to-head against America Mineiro. Begins: 26.07.2016 – 01:00 CET
In February this year Flamengo won America at home 1-0 in the Primeira, while now they are supposed to have an ever stronger motive, given that victory in this match could push them at some of positions that lead to the Copa Libertadores. At the moment they lag behind third-placed Gremio for three points and just two behind fourth Santos, while fifth Atletico PR is positioned above them in the standings only thanks to a bit better goal-difference.
We have said in the introduction that Flamengo won two previous matches at home: against Internacional by 1-0 and against Atletico Mineiro by 2-0, while in previous round they stayed undefeated after away match against Botafogo playing 3-3. Regarding the situation with players on the injured list are only their first-goalkeeper Paulo Victor, defender Rodinei, midfielders Alan Patrick and Ederson, and forward Emerson, while suspended midfielder Everton cannot play against America. Besides them, newly arrived stopper Donatti, midfielder Diego and forward Damiao will probably wait for their chance sitting on the bench.
Probable lineups Flamengo: Muralha – Para, Rever, Juan, Jorge – Arao, Araujo – Marcelo Cirino, Mancuello, Fernandinho – Guerrero
Unlike Flamengo which is in a fairly good mood before the match, the guests from Belo Horizonte comes to Rio de Janeiro after a negative series of even six consecutive defeats, which nailed them down for the bottom of standings. Right because of that Portugese coach Vieira was fired and instead of him was brought domestic expert Moreira, from whom is primarily expected to finally end the losing streak and later on in the season to try to secure survival in the Brazilian elite football rank.
In order to at least partially eased his job the club management had in recent days has brought even four new players; midfielders Diego Lopez and Lobo, and forwards Dias and Michel, where the last one should wait a bit more for his debut in America’s jersey given that he arrived just four days ago. On the other hand coach Moreira had inherited certain problems with injuries and because of them this match against Flamengo will miss defenders Sueliton, Jonas and Alison, and forward Borges.
Probable lineups America Mineiro: Ricardo – Pablo, Roger, Adalberto, Teles – Guerreiro, Juninho – Loboa, Diego Lopes, Osman – Dias
Flamengo – America Mineiro PICK
Since everything ahead of their match is on Flamengo’s side, than it is quite logical why we have decided to pick on their certain victory against the last positioned team in the Brazilian Serie A.
Pick: Asian handicap -1 Flamengo
Odds: 1.71 at unibet (down to 1.65 can be played)