Goias vs Vasco – Serra Dourada at 22:30
We have a fiercely contested relegation battle this evening as bottom of the table Vasco travel to Goiania to face Goias who are just six points above them. This game will have a huge impact on the relegation scrap in Serie A come the end of the season.
Having scored just eight goals in their last nineteen games Vasco look destined for relegation back to Serie B. The side from Rio are one of the best supported sides in Brazil alongside Flamengo and Corinthians but their huge fan base looks destined for disappointment this season unless things change drastically.
With just one point in their last five Serie A games its no wonder that Vasco are routed to the bottom of the table. The point Vasco did pick up was a home draw to their relegation rivals Joinville who joined them in gaining promotion to Brazil’s top flight last season and will seemingly join them in being relegated back there this season.
The main disappointment for Vasco has without doubt been forward Dagoberto who has played nine games for Vasco this season and failed to find the net. The flamboyant forward who has previously put in masterful appearances for Cruzeiro and International is yet to show any kind of interest in performing for Vasco.
This is without doubt a must win game for Goias who have won just four games from their opening half to the season. A win for the home side could potentially move them up two places to 15th in the table and give them that bit of breathing space away from the relegation zone.
Goias impressively possess the 2nd best defence in Serie A having conceded 16 goals in their 19 games which is just two goals more than Corinthians who sit top of the table. The main issue for the home side is that they’ve equally only scored 16 goals in their nineteen games although most of those goals do come in their home fixtures.
With Erik expected to feature upfront again for Goias he should get plenty of chances against this very poor Vasco side so I’m very comfortable backing Goias to pick up the win!
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Goias -0.50 at 1.79
Prices correct at time of writing.
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