Having already started the 2018 season, Palmeiras will complete the 2017 version of the Brasileirão on Monday, November 27. Closing the thirty-seventh round, the penultimate of the season, receives Botafogo at Allianz Parque, in São Paulo. The game has kickoff scheduled for 20h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Palmeiras
Interim coach Alberto Valentin’s hopes of remaining in office were decimated by the club’s board. Considering their unsatisfactory performance, the top hatters announced the hiring of Roger Machado to the post.
Without knowing if he will be kept as an assistant or if he should look for a new job in the 2018 season, Valentin will still be responsible for playing the boat in the remaining two days. With the place in the group stage of the next edition of the Copa Libertadores de América assured, the alvverde can still fight for the national vice-championship. With 60 points (18 wins, six draws and 12 losses), he is third.
To face the Rio de Janeiro victors, Valentin faces problems to define the team. Goalkeeper Fernando Prass can not play. He is suspended by the accumulation of yellow cards. The vacancy will be occupied by Jailson.
There are doubts, however, regarding the physical conditioning of the midfielder and left-back Michel Bastos; the middle and right-back Jean; defender Antônio Carlos and right-back Mayke. They have been preserved from workouts throughout the week and will need to undergo a new evaluation from the medical department that will determine whether or not they can be used on Monday night.
The current form of Botafogo
The tie with São Paulo, scoreless, in the day of number 36 made Botafogo lose the chance to get a direct place in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores 2018. Also complicated his fight for the chance to play in the knockout stage of the tournament, which is reserved for the teams that complete the Brasileirão to the seventh position.
Alvinegro is at the limit of this dispute. Before the start of the penultimate round of the tournament closed the classification zone with 52 points (14 wins, 10 draws and 12 losses). As their two main rivals in this battle, Vasco and Atletico-MG, will enter the field sooner and have added 50 points, it is possible that Botafogo stomp on the lawn of Allianz Parque outside the elite squad.
In the last three rounds, Botafogo added just one point from the nine he played. This generated protests from the fans, who consider the classification for the Libertadores an obligation, despite the few resources that the club has for investment. In addition, the club is undergoing an electoral process that has caused turbulence due to the uncertainties regarding the renewal of contracts, new hirings and waivers for the 2018 season.
The Dudu Cearense midfielder, for example, reached an agreement to renew his contract two months ago. The club, however, has not yet prepared the documentation for the signing of the new commitment. In addition, Airton, Victor Luis, Gilson, Luis Ricardo, Guilherme, Emerson Silva, Jonas, Dierson, Renan Fonseca and Saulo do not know if they will stay in the club. Emerson Santos and Roger decided not to wait and have already hit other teams.
The week marked the return to the practices of the right-back Marcinho. He stayed eight months away after having knee surgery. However, with only two games to go, it will hardly be connected again. You still need to greatly improve your fitness.
History of the bouts between Palmeiras and Botafogo
In the 48 times that the classic was held in the Brasileirão, Palmeiras won 20, including the 2 to 1 marked in the first round of the 2017 season. The victories were 14 alvinegras, even number of equalities.
Acting as a visitor can be considered a relief for Botafogo, who has faced protests from fans even during training. The results of alvinegro in this circumstance also help to increase the hope of the fans. The team presents the sixth best performance of the Brasileirao when only the results away from their domains are taken into account. Scored in 13 out of 18 matches.
This indicates that the guess in the Rio team is a good option for the confrontation. Has a price of 4.50 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.50 and victory of the owners of the house yields 1.72 per invested real.