Santos vs Botafogo Betting Tips
The defeats against Palmeiras (3 to 2), Chapecoense (1 to 0), Flamengo (1 to 0) and America-MG (2 to 1) practically ruled out Santos’ hopes of reaching a spot in the next edition of the Copa Libertadores of America. The possibility is open to teams that complete the Brazilian Championship in the top six.
Vila Belmiro’s team, with 46 points (12 wins, 10 draws and 13 losses), dropped to tenth place. Mathematical possibility of reaching the sixth position, which is in the hands of Atletico-MG, which has 53 points, exists. But it requires a highly unlikely combination of results.
So the preparation for the game on Wednesday ended up being in the background. The days before the encounter with Botafogo were used to trim edges between coach Cuca and president José Carlos Peres and for talks about the 2019 season, although the coach was not decided to remain in the position.
Counting all the competitions, Cuca directed the Fish in 24 matches (nine wins, eight draws and seven defeats) and presents use of 48.6%. To face Botafogo, he has limitations for the qualification due to the schedule.
With the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) not respecting the periods that FIFA (International Football Federation) reserve for friendlies between national teams, there will be no Paraguayan striker Derlis Gonzalez, Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz and Uruguayan midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who were to serve their national teams.
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The threat of relegation was behind them with victories against Corinthians (1 to 0), Flamengo (2 to 1), Chapecoense (1 to 0) and Internacional (1 to 0). They led Botafogo to 47 points (12 wins, 11 draws and 12 losses) in ninth place in the Brazilian standings in the qualifying zone for the 2019 South American Cup.
Like Santos, there is still a mathematical possibility of getting a place in the Libertadores. But in practice, this is not a realistic scenario. Thus, coach Zé Ricardo should really enjoy the tranquility earned to use the games that remain thinking about what to do next year.
As a visitor, Botafogo appears as the tenth best in the Brasileirão. He has accumulated 13 points (three wins, four draws and ten losses) thus scoring 15 goals and suffering 30.
For the duel against Botafogo, the coach must wait for the position of the medical department in relation to the experienced Argentine defender Carli. The defender feels pain in the shoulder and was even taken to the hospital after the game against Internacional on Sunday, November 18. It will have to pass examinations that will determine if it will be able to face the Saints.
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The duel that was the most important classic of national football for nearly two decades has had 54 occurrences in the Brasileirão since 1971. Santos won 20 of those matches. Botafogo’s successes were 18. The score ended the same in 16 games, including the 0-0 recorded in the first round of the 2018 season.While both teams need the win to maintain their ambitions to reach a place in the G6, that chance is so remote that it should not be enough to make coaches run the risk of taking a more daring stance in Wednesday’s duel. Thus, the prognosis in equality appears as a good option for the encounter involving the alvinegros in Vila Belmiro.
Bet Tips: Santos