Fluminense vs Flamengo – No matter their current rankings famous „Flu-Fla“-derby always draws a lot of attention. Two angry opponents from Rio de Janeiro have a long history of mutual clashes, and this season however Flamengo has better position on the table which is second, and Fluminense is on fifth position. It is more important to say that the difference between these two is big eight points in favour for visitors in this match and Flamengo is currently in much better shape considering that they are undefeated in last nine championship matches, with one defeat in the Copa Sudamericana. Fluminense plays very changeable and they just cannot tie a line of good results, and in last round they were defeated. In first mutual match this season Fluminense as visitor defeated Flamengo with 2:1 and in last four matches nominal home team cannot manage to celebrate. Begins: 14.10.2016. – 02:00 CET
It cannot be said that this is one good season for Fluminense, since they are only at fifth position and far from the positions that lead to continental club competitions and they have five points less than Santos who is fourth and who defeated them in previous round with 2:1. They were close to draw in this match but some ten minutes before the ned they received a goal that cost them defeat and whit that was interrupted their line of three championship triumphs in a row, but also a defeat from Corinthians in the Cup came between these results.
It is interesting that only three days after this defeat they managed to win over Corinthians in the championship and as a visitor with result 3:1 and also after this match they managed to defeat Sport Recife, before they suffered this earlier mentioned defeat from Santos. They already have nine defeats this season and this also should not be satisfying them and expectedly they win more points at home field although it could not be said that they are as good here since they do have three home defeats. Coach Culpi send two completely same compositions on filed in previous two matches but without their first goalkeeper Cavalierio, right wing Jonathan and attacker Dourado, who entered game from the bench so he might be a starter this time.
Probable lineups Fluminense: Julio Cezar – W. Silva, Gum, Henrique, W. Matheus – Pierre, Douglas – Scarpa, Cicero, Welington – Dourado
Flamengo stands very good this season in the championship and they are at the second position with only three points less than leader Palmeiras, which gives them every right to hope for first position. They are among better home teams of the league, but in this case it is more important that they are the second most successful visiting team with already six away victories. Also their shape is currently very good, with the exception from a defeat from Palestin in eight finals of the Copa Sudamericana that happened only after they win over them in an away game. After this they played against Sao Paula with 0:0, and in last round with easy 3:0 they defeated Santa Cruz.
Coach Ze Ricardo does not really force same composition on the field lately although he does have some necessary changes since attacker Guerrero is now engaged with Peru national team so he is not eligible for this match neither considering that he will just come back now. In last round as some refreshments coach put Patrick, Vizeu, and Chiquinho. Convincing victory proves that coach’s decision to make changes was good especially because Vizeu scored leading goal, so now we do not expect any new changes.
Probable lineups Flamengo: Paulo Victor – Para, Vaz, Rever, Chiquinho – Araujo, Arao, Diego, Everton – Vizeu, Patrick
Fluminense vs. Flamengo PICK
In this clash there is not much of tactics and no matter the rankings the only goal is victory. Of course, it does not really matter who the home team is and because of that we expect complete open outplay in which both city rivals will score at least one goal each, maybe even more than one.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.87 at NetBet (down to 1.77 can be played)