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Botafogo vs Avai Predictions

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Botafogo
Avai

Both Teams To Score

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Botafogo 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have scored in all four of Botafogo’s home Serie A games this season.
  • Both teams have scored in Avai’s last six league contests and their last three away from home.
  • Avai have lost four of their last five games, each by a score of 2-1.

Pressure on Botafogo boss after comical collapse

Coach Luis Castro is on the hot seat ahead of Botafogo’s Monday night meeting with another out of sorts side – Avai. The Portuguese tactician saw his carefully-crafted plans collapse in dramatic style on Thursday when a comically bad first-half display saw Fogo go into the dressing rooms three down at title contending Palmeiras.

That the hosts hit the woodwork twice and had another goal disallowed within a 45-minute period that proved too catastrophic for Botofogo to recover from. A line in the sand needs to be drawn by the hosts after a shambolic run of three straight defeats in which they have looked like relegation fodder.

Avai are in the same boat and sit one place and below their hosts in the table with one point fewer. They returned home to Florianópolis with nothing to show from their midweek trip to Atletico Goianiense after being sunk by a stoppage-time winner.

Avai got news with help on horizon

There are some bright spots on the near horizon, however, with the impending return of holding midfielder Matheus Galdezani after injury and the soon-to-be announced signing of ex-Flamengo defender Rafael Vaz. Both could add some stability to Leao da Ilha’s defence on Monday, but it still seems like the sensible approach must be to back both teams to score.

Both teams have scored in all four of Botafogo’s home Serie A games this season and also in Avai’s last six league contests, including their last three away from home.

A 2-1 defeat seems almost customary for Avai of late given four of their last five games have finished that way and there may yet be value in taking that as the preferred correct score option. Botafogo have scored five goals in total across their last three home games, which were all against similar sides in the bottom half of the table.

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