Still dreaming of a place in the G4 of the Brazilian Championship, Botafogo faces this Thursday, November 16, the lantern Atlético-GO. The clash is part of the agenda of the tournament’s 34th round and will be held at the Nilton Santos stadium, Engenhão, in Rio de Janeiro. The kickoff is scheduled for 20h (Brasília time).
Botafogo’s recent performance
The 1-0 defeat for Atletico-PR on Saturday, November 11, for the thirty-third round at home, significantly compromised Botafogo’s path to his goal in this final season finale. Alvinegro has set himself the goal to stay in the top four and thus qualify for the group stage of the 2018 Copa Libertadores.
With 51 points (14 wins, nine draws and 11 losses), he occupies the sixth position. His target is Santos, who is in fourth place with five more points. With four games to go, only a series of four wins could keep Botafogo’s dream alive.
But that is not the only concern. The club are just two points ahead of Vasco and one more than Flamengo. So you need to look down and secure a top-seven position so you have at least a chance to take part in the qualifying stages of the continental tournament.
In addition, they still have to deal with cheerleading protests that have booed and offended players and coaching staff. For the duel of Thursday, coach Jair Ventura Filho should expect a positioning of the medical department in relation to left-back Vitor Luís. With an ankle injury he had to leave earlier in the game against the red-black of Paranaense. It will be submitted to the new evaluation. If it is vetoed, Gilson, who entered his fight, will probably be listed among the starters.
The current form of Atlético-GO
After seven games without a win (five losses and two draws), Atlético-GO put an end to the series by beating Sport 2-0 in Goiânia for the thirty-third round. The three little points changed their situation in the dispute.
Now with 30 points (eight wins, six draws and 20 losses), the Dragon is in the twentieth (last) position. It can reach a maximum of 42 points, a number considered insufficient to avoid falling into Serie B. So it depends on an improbable combination of results in an attempt to remain in the elite division of national football.
The distance to Victory, sixteenth place and first out of the relegation zone, is nine points. Even the difference for Avaí, penultimate placed, can not be taken in just one round. It’s five points.
Thus, the final days have become an opportunity only for players to be able to show service in search of employment for 2018. To face Botafogo, interim coach Joao Paulo Sanchez can count on the return of side Jonathan and midfielder Luiz Fernando. They played in front of Sport suspended by the accumulation of yellow cards and already have conditions of game.
History of the bouts between Botafogo and Atlético-GO
In seven games against Botafogo by Brasileirão, Atlético-GO won only once. The Albirroja had four wins and the ties were two. In the first round of the 2017 edition of the tournament, there was a 1-1 draw.
Even though he has overcome his limitations throughout much of the season, Botafogo is not able to repeat his best performances in the decisive line, although he remains in the classification block for the 2018 edition of the Copa Libertadores of America. However, playing at home and against the worst Serie A team should be considered the best option for guess. Appears at 1.36 in Bet365. Draw has a return of 4.20 and the prize for Goianian success is 8.50 per 1.