Flamengo v Atletico PR – Maracana Stadium at 22:30
On Saturday evening we have just one game as Atletico PR make the long journey to Rio as they face off against Flamengo with both sides chasing a Copa Libertedores place.
Both sides are coming along as somewhat of a surprise package this season with Flamengo predicted to finish around mid table whilst Atletico PR were expected to struggle in the bottom half of the top flight.
On Wednesday evening, Flamengo travelled to Sao Paulo as they played against Santos in their home ground the Vila bel Miro. Santos have had a brilliant season so far and were big favourites to pick up the win. Flamengo managed to keep Santos’ goalscoring chances to a minimum and came away with a credible 0-0 draw which keeps them just two points off the top of the table.
Atletico PR pulled off the best result of round 18 as they beat Corinthians by two goals to nil. That result put Atletico just three points behind the Timao and just one point outside of the Copa Libertedores places.
On Saturday evening it’s going to be a tough challenge for PR who will have to play for large periods of the game without possession of the ball as Flamengo currently sit in third place for percentage of possession. I’m expecting PR to try and press their opponents quickly and as high up the pitch as possible as they play a 4-2-3-1 which should allow them to cause problems should they nick possession from Flamengo in their half.
Former Porto man Walter will lead the line for Atletico PR and he’ll be looking to build on his excellent performance in midweek when he ripped apart the Timao defence on his way to scoring two goals and leading his side to three points.
I think Atletico PR will be hard to break down and it’s going to be tough for Flamengo to find anyway to break through, I’m happy to back PR to avoid a defeat here.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Atletico PR +0.5 at 2.17
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