Botafogo v Palmeiras – Estádio Olímpico João Havelange at 22:30
On Sunday evening we’ll be taking a look at the Botafogo vs Palmeiras game in Rio where top of the table Palmeiras travel to relegation threatened Botafogo.
Following their defeat at home to Atletico MG last weekend, Palmeiras’ lead at the top of the table has been cut down to two points with both Corinthians and Gremio tied on 30 points after 16 rounds.
With Gabriel Jesus looking certain to move to Manchester City following a positive discussion with City manager Pep Guardiola, Palmeiras will struggle considerably in front of goal without their top goalscorer. There are multiple rumours flying around with regards to who Palmeiras will buy to replace G.Jesus with Vagner Love and Walter Montillo apparently in the frame.
Should Palmeiras sign Montillo it will be interesting on how they adjust their team and shape as they’ve become very accustomed to the 4-2-2-2 formation with a high press. Should Montillo join the Sao Paulo based outfit from China we’d probably see Palmeiras play a 4-4-1-1 formation with Montillo being given almost a free role in the opponents attacking third.
On Wednesday, Botafogo hosted Bragantino from the Brazilian second division in the Copa do Brasil third round. A late Vinicius goal gave Botafogo a 3-2 victory on aggregate putting them into the last 16 of the cup. That will give Bota an extra two fixtures this season when their main aim should be staying in the division especially as they currently sit inside the relegation zone.
Botafogo have played three teams from the state of Sao Paulo so far this season as they’ve faced off against Sao Paulo, Santos and Corinthians. The Rio based side lost all three of those games, so fellow Sao Paulo based side Palmeiras will fancy their chances here.
I think Palmeiras should have enough to come away with the three points and I certainly can’t envisage them losing this game.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Palmeiras +/- 0 at 1.81
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