Against a Corinthians who have already achieved their goal and put their legs up, Flamengo has this Sunday, November 19, an opportunity to get closer to reaching the vacant 2018 edition of the Copa Libertadores of America. The duel involving the two biggest clubs in the country will be held from 5 pm (Brasília time) at the Luso-Brazilian stadium, Ilha do Urubu, in Rio de Janeiro.
Flamengo’s recent performance
Flamengo celebrated 122 years on the Republic of Brazil’s Proclamation on November 15. Instead of party, the fans protested against the campaign considered very weak before the high investments made by the club. Not even so the players showed greater disposition in the match of Thursday, 16 of November. In the capital of Parana, the team lost 1-0 to Coritiba.
The third defeat in the last four rounds has kept the Red Bull under threat of even reaching the 2018 edition of the 2018 Copa Libertadores. With 50 points (13 wins, 11 draws and 11 losses), the club is block of the teams that would have right to dispute the eliminatory phase of the continental competition, but gained the company of Vasco. The cross-maltino reached the same score, but loses in the tiebreaker criteria. Who also approached in the battle by the vacancy was the Bahia, that surpassing the Santos by 3 to 1, got to 49 points touching in the cariocas.
The crisis is not only greater because Flamengo is still in contention for the title of the South American Cup. It will face the next Thursday, November 23, the Junior of Barranquilla, at home, in the opening of the semifinals. The possibility of raising the trophy could even make the team use the strategy of saving athletes in the Brasileirão to ensure that they were better able to face the Colombians.
However, the disastrous campaign in the Brasileirão and the protests of the fans must cause the coach Reinado Rueda put in the field the best players that have at disposal in the attempt to avoid a new bad result that put even more pressure on the athletes.
This, however, does not mean that all incumbents will be on the field. Attacker Paolo Guerrero remains suspended after being caught by the use of irregular substance when he was serving the Peruvian team. In the match in Curitiba, striker Everton had to leave the field still in the first half with pains in the thigh. He still has to undergo a new evaluation of the medical department to discover the severity of the injury, but probably will not be available to face Corinthians.
The list of problems increased with the yellow cards received by left-back Rene and midfielder Paquetá, who has been acting improvised in the attack. It was the third in the series, which means they will have to comply with suspension. For the position on the side, the Peruvian Trauco should be the option. At the front, the Everton injury and the suspension of Paquetá should open the chance for Vinicius Junior to start playing. The athlete has been constantly asked by the fans. Must have the company of Felipe Vizeu in the attack.
The current form of Corinthians
Coach Fabio Carille could not have made clear Corinthians’ new status after a 3-1 win over Fluminense on Wednesday, November 15, which secured the early title win of the 2017 season of the Brazilian Championship, the seventh in the history of the competition. Blackburn became the biggest winner since the run-point system was deployed with four titles.
From now on Corinthians has launched the ‘vacation mode’. The coach said it will increase the number of days off, reduce the intensity of the training by programming only rachões and end the charges for better performance of the cast. After all, the goal is achieved and now only remains to meet the given table before taking advantage of the official holiday period.
For Sunday’s game, this means that most likely a mixed team will be on the field. Even in the game against Fluminense the coach has already started this process of ‘rewarding’ the athletes who are part of the group and are not holders with the chance to play. Veteran midfielder Danilo, after a series of injury problems, had the opportunity to participate in his first official game of the season.
Although he has not advanced the lining, the only one who seems to have a certain presence is the goalkeeper Cassio. He has not played in the last three matches for serving the Brazilian team in preparatory friendly matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He came before the match against Fluminense but was left out. He must resume his position in front of Flamengo, because his immediate reserve, Walter, is injured. Caique, who played in the last matches, should return to the bench.
Another one who is likely to be promoted as starter is the forward Jô. Not by necessity, but by the fact that the athlete is disputing the artillery of the Brasileirão. Scoring twice against the Rio de Janeiro tricolor, he took the lead in the scorer’s table with 18 goals, beating Henrique Dourado of Fluminense, who is 17 and still in contention for the gold boot.
Jádson, who was a starter throughout most of the season and lost his position in that final stretch, is another one that can be related to face the red-blacks. He entered the second half of the game against Fluminense, as Corinthians lost 1-0, and was decisive in the reaction.
The only motivation that can be found by the Corinthians is the chance to repeat a record of the 2003 Cruzeiro. If he surpasses Flamengo, he will have won at least once of all the other 19 clubs that compete for the 2017 Brasileirão.
History of the bouts between Flamengo and Corinthians
There were 62 meetings involving the most popular clubs of the country in Brasileirão. Alvinegro won 24. The Rubro-negro scored 21. The draws were 17, including the 1 to 1 of the first round of the 2017 season.
With only three rounds remaining and goals still to be achieved, it is hard to imagine a positive scenario for Flamengo. It will face a rival of ” hangover ” for the party of the conquest of the title, without having trained for the game, with reserve team and completely unmotivated. At home, the red-black ends up being the best option for a guess with a price of 1.75 in Rivalo. Draw has a prize of 3.80 and the return in case of success Corinthian is of 4.50 by 1.