Botafogo will host Botafogo on Wednesday, November 8, in an attempt to stay out of the relegation zone of the 2017 Brazilian Championship. As part of the tournament’s thirty-third round schedule, the confrontation will be held in Ilha do Retiro, in Recife, starting at 9:00 p.m. (Brasília time).
Sport’s recent performance
Sport returned from Chapecó with one more point in his luggage. On Sunday, November 5, he started the 1-1 draw at Chapecoense in the Condá Arena. Anselmo was sent off in the 14th minute of the second half, having conceded a goal soon after and managed to swing the net of the opponent with a penalty kick executed by André at 53 minutes.
The point obtained in the marra was sufficient to leave the Sport outside the region of the sticking at the end of the journey. With 36 points (nine wins, nine draws and 14 losses), the team occupies the sixteenth place, the first one outside the relegation zone, with one advantage in comparison with Vitória, seventeenth place.
However, if punctual and by circumstances the tie can be accepted, the recent figures of the Leo Pernambuco are not encouraging. The team’s last victory came on October 12 when, away from home, they scored 2-1 in Vitória, in Salvador. Since then, there have been seven games. Four draws and three defeats led to a downgrade in the Brasileirão, the dismissal of coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo and the elimination in the Copa Sudamericana.
To prevent the team from reaching a month without celebrating a success, interim coach Daniel Paulista will be able to count on reinforcements to face Botafogo. Defensive midfielder Ronaldo and right-back Samuel, who did not play in Santa Catarina after being suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards, must return to the team.
The coach still awaits news from the medical department regarding two other athletes. The Rithely and Raul Prata socks, in the final stage of recovery from bruising, must undergo a new evaluation to know if they can be available.
However, the bigger reinforcement of the Sport must be even off the field. With water tapping in the neck, the board decided to distribute free tickets to the members hoping to have a full stadium to support the athletes. Even those who are not partners have been given an advantage. The price of tickets has been reduced.
But not all the news is favorable. Diego Souza, the main player of Sport, is out of the blue. Received third yellow card in Chapecó and will have to comply suspension. Thomas, the only available athlete for the position, ends up becoming the favorite to replace him. This will not happen unless Daniel Paulista decides to change the tactical structure of the team. In that case, Wesley could take the role if the option was for a more defensive system or Oswaldo, should the interim coach want to risk more in the pursuit of victory.
The wheel Anselmo is also suspended. In this case, the substitution is simpler. Rithely, who has a good chance of receiving the green light from the medical department, should be chosen. Rodrigo is another option.
The current form of Botafogo
The two recent days were not the most favorable for Botafogo. The team got only one point to draw, without goals, with Atletico-MG, in Belo Horizonte. On Saturday, November 4, he was beaten, at home, to Fluminense, by 2 to 1, to turn.
This led the team to stay further from their main goal in the final of the season, which is to reach a direct place in the group stage of the 2018 Copa Libertadores of America. The right is reserved for the first four of the Brasileirao. With 48 points (13 wins, nine draws and ten losses), Botafogo is six points shy of Palmeiras, ranked fourth. His position at the moment is enough to allow him to participate in the qualifiers of the continental tournament, as he did in 2017.
The coach Jair Ventura Filho will also be able to count on an important reinforcement aiming the game against the Sport. The midfielder João Paulo, who suspended for the third yellow card was out of the classic, already has conditions of play and most likely will be related among the starters.
It remains to know how the coach should fit him. If you want a more cautious stance, you could take Marcos Vinícius. If you want to keep the midfielder and striker, who would lose the vacancy would be Matheus Fernandes.
History of the bouts between Sport and Botafogo
There were 12 victories of Botafogo in the 28 meetings with Sport by Brasileirão. This list includes the 2 to 1 marked in the first round of the Brasileirão 2017. The successes of the rubro-negros from Pernambuco were nine and the draws occurred in seven matches.
Although he looks in the direct spot for Libertadores, Botafogo also can not be careless about the teams that are in their pursuit. After all, it’s better to play the knockout phase than nothing. This may make you opt for a slightly more defensive posture.
Sport does not have that choice. Even a tie may not be enough to keep you out of the relegation zone. However, he lost his main offensive player. So, equality is the best guess. Has a price of 3.30 in Bet365. Victory of the owners of the house pays 1.95 and the visitors pay 4.00 for each real bet.