Fluminense v Sport Recife – Maracanã at 15:00

We have a rare 3pm kick off on Saturday afternoon to look forward to in Brazil. In form Fluminense host Sport as we head into the final ten games of the Brazilian season.

Fluminense have left it too late to challenge for the title as they currently sit eleven points behind league leaders Palmeiras. However, they’re just two points behind fourth place Santos who occupy the last Copa Libertedores qualification place.

Visitors Sport come into this game with the threat of relegation still hanging over their head. They currently sit just three points outside the relegation zone. It would be a big shock for Sport to go down especially after their solid summer in the transfer market.

Sport have lost their last three games away from home, losing all three of those games without scoring a goal. They lost 1-0 away to Atletico MG two weeks ago in a terrible performance. It took them 85 minutes to register a shot on target.

I think Fluminense will end up pipping Santos to the last Copa Libertedores place. Flu have recently put in two fantastic away performances to Corinthians and Gremio which resulted in them getting six points from both games. They’re easily two of the harder games in the league and to get six points from them shows a lot of quality within the Fluminense squad.

Former Santos man Cicero has been in red hot form for Fluminenese this campaign and is their current highest goalscorer with seven league goals to his name thus far. The 31 year old who left Fluminense back in 2008 will be desperate to see his side regain a Copa Libertedores spot as he’s likely to leave for one final pay day in the summer.

The main reason for Fluminense’s success this season has been their fantastic defensive record which has seen them concede just 27 goals in their 27 games. I can’t see Sport breaking through on Saturday afternoon. Flu should have enough about them to secure a couple of goals against an average Sport side

Asian Handicap Recommendation: Fluminense -0.5 at 1.72

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @LewisJones1992

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