Palmeiras vs Flamengo Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Palmeiras vs Flamengo predictions for Thursday’s Brazilian Serie A clash. Flamengo will be looking to extend their fantastic start to the season in the pick of the mid-week Brazilian action. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Reason For Palmeiras vs Flamengo Betting Tips
Thursday’s Brazilian Serie A action sees two titans doing battle, with Palmeiras hosting red-hot Flamengo. The visitors will be looking to continue their superb start to the season.
Whilst Palmeiras haven’t made a terrible start to the season, inconsistency is beginning to represent a problem for Verdao which could impede their bid to mount a challenge for the title if not addressed soon.
Even in the last week, said inconsistency has been there for all to see, with Roger Machado’s men recording an excellent win away at Gremio last week but then blowing a two goal lead at rock bottom Ceara at the weekend, drawing 2-2. Dropped points, mainly from defensive issues now has the hosts in 5th, some 8 points behind their league leading opponents in this one, after just 11 games.
Meanwhile, we’re running out of superlatives for Maurício Barbieri and his Flamengo team, with Mengao in simply stunning form and churning out victories with frightening regularity.
Since taking the reins, Barbieri has just lost just once in 17 outings and has his troops looking like a well oiled machine in all areas of the pitch. Sunday’s routine 2-0 win over Parana was Flamengo’s fifth in a row and even more impressively, marked the 13th clean sheet the side have kept in 15 matches, with defensive strength the backbone of the team’s current success.
Ultimately, you’d back Flamengo against just about any team, given the way they’re playing at the moment and although Palmeiras will represent a very difficult challenge, there’s no reason the visitors cannot secure victory once again, making them a good play on the Draw No Bet line.
Palmeiras have a smell of vulnerability about them coming into the clash and Flamengo look in pole position to take full advantage. When you keep the ball out as often as the visitors do you’ll always be in with a chance in any match, and with Flamengo’s attack fully functioning, we fancy them to edge this contest by a 1-0 margin.
Palmeiras’ problems were there for all to see by dropping points in such poor fashion at a very weak Ceara team and they look like having their work cut out this time around against a far stronger opponent.
Palmeiras possible starting XI: Jailson; Rocha, Carlos, Dracena, Luis; Jean, Melo, Moises; Hyoran, Willian, Dudu.
Flamengo possible starting XI: Alves; Rodinei, Rhodolfo, Duarte, Rene; Cuellar, Everton, Diego, Paqueta, Vinicius Jnr; Douradoituca, Renato; Mota, Sasha, Gabriel, Rodrygo.
Head to Head
Palmeiras won this game between the two last season by a 2-0 margin, with the meeting in Rio ending in a 2-2 draw. 2 of the last 4 meetings with Palmeiras as hosts have ended all square.
Palmeiras Team News
Diogo Barbosa and winger Keno miss out through injury, whilst striker Miguel Angel Borja is on international duty.
Flamengo Team News
Centre backs Rever and Juan join right back Para and forward Orlando Berrio on the sidelines.
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Palmeiras vs Flamengo Stats
- Palmeiras have conceded in 4 of their last 5 home matches.
- Flamengo have kept a clean sheet in 13 of their last 15 matches.
- Flamengo have won 9 of their last 13 outings.
Published: June 12, 2018
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