Sports Mole previews Brasileiro’s clash between Botafogo and Avai, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Avai travel to the Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos on Monday to find their first road victory in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A 2022 campaign when they face Botafogo.
Both sides, who were promoted to the top flight last year, are in danger of returning to Serie B, as Fogo is just one spot above Cuiaba in the last relegation position, while Avai is just ahead of Dourado as he has scored a few more goals .
Preview the match
Since the start of the new domestic campaign, Botafogo has competed hard and participated in tight matches, with six of the nine matches decided by a goal or less.
On Thursday, Luis CastroThe players may have put in their worst performances this year, scoring four goals to league leaders Palmeiras, surpassing their winless record to four straight games in this competition.
The club with a history rich in tradition has been on a mission to maintain ownership at all costs, aiming for rapid enemy dominance, according to major owners and new American businessmen, John Textor.
Although he has been successful in catching the ball for a long time, Fogo has failed to do much while catching the ball lately, scoring a goal or less in each of his last four league games.
The club stressed the importance of staying calm and quiet on and off the field, in stark contrast to what we usually see in Brazilian football, in a league based on frenetic and quick decisions from players and the home office.
Botafogo often pays the price for being too patient while hanging out in the defensive zone, allowing part of the chance to score and score the second most goals in Brasileiro Serie A to date (15).
After a two-year hiatus from top-ranked football in Brazil, Avai is now just trying to keep his head above water, without winning in five consecutive Serie A meetings.
It’s been more than a decade since this team was able to stay in the first tier for more than a year, and the boundary between themselves and relegation is almost slim.
More often than not, they have to play catch up, which isn’t usually done well for Time da Raca, who have lost every game in the year in which they’ve conceded for the first time.
Avai looked frustrated while struggling with discipline at the end, and they took the frustration out of their opponents, receiving red cards in two of their last three games.
All of Avai’s points so far have been against the team at the top of the table, which should give him the motivation to move forward.
Though we are only about a third in the future, Eduardo Barroca knowing that next week could pay big dividends for the team in the battle to create the distance between themselves and relegation.
In seven days, starting Monday, they will face two teams that are just three points above the table (Botafogo and Fluminense), with a home date against Fortaleza, in between.
Forms of Botafogo Brasileiro:
Botafogo form (all competitions):
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Erisonwho has five domestic goals this season for Botafogo, has not tallied in the last three games, when Victor Cuesta notched the first of the campaign in the previous front fixture, put one man back Diego to another place.
Daniel Borges has both helped to lead people in this winter category, when Gatito Fernandez had a challenging outing on goal on Friday, conceding a fourth in six efforts on target.
Diego Goncalves out until the end of June with thigh problems, Gustavo Sauer continued trouble with ankle problems and Philipe Sampaio may miss meeting others due to knee injuries.
Avai will be without Diego Matos on Monday due to a red card suspension, Jean Pyerre and Bressan out with thigh injuries and Matheus Galdezani has struggled to recover from a knee problem.
Bissoli leads Avai in scoring with four domestic goals for the spot this season, when Kevin took his first assist in 2022 when he lost 2-1 to Atletico Goianiense.
Wednesday, we saw Douglas get started on goal, change Vladimirwhen Matos, Jean Cleber and William Potker replaced Rodrigo Freitas, Arthur Chaves and Morato at the beginning of 11.
Botafogo could be the start of the lineup:
Fernandez; Borges, Cuesta, Kanu, Rafael; Kayque; Hugo, Fernandes, Tche Tche, Sa; Erison
There are possible start of the lineup:
Douglas; Cougo, Freitas, Raniele, Kevin; Eduardo, Silva, Morato; Romulo, Bissoli, Pottker
We say: Botafogo 1-1 Avai
These teams are almost level pegging this season, having conceded the same number (15), while Fogo has scored 12 times, which is just one more than Avai.
Both tend to hang around in the back, waiting for an opportunity to attack, and because they are so scared, we expect this contest to end with a pair of less confident sides now.
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