Popular Fla-Flu derby is on schedule of 27th round of Brazilian Serie A. Two great rivals will meet on Thursday evening in Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo and Fluminense. This time Flamengo is in bit better shape; it currently occupies the seventh place in the table, while their city rivals are at mere 16th place and have eight points fewer. Let’s add that their first head-to-head this season, played at Fluminense stadium ended as 2-2 draw.
That was in fact just an continuation of the tradition that visiting teams very rarely lose the great city derby, which is reason for significant concern in Flamengo ranks before their next match with Fluminense. On the other hand, they can find a console in fact that their great rivals are in desperate shape. Flamengo also lost last two matches and definitely has great desire to make it up to its fans with victory over their bitterest rival.
Flamengo lost one of those two matches in the second leg of the Brazilian Cup final to Cruzeiro, which is why it stayed empty handed in the end, while in previous round of Serie A it lost away to Ponte Preta 1-0. However, Flamengo backlog behind positions that lead to the Copa Libertadores is just four points and that will be an additional motive for them in this match with Fluminense that will skip four players who are invited by their respective national teams; defender Trauco, midfielder Cuellar and forwards Guerrero and Junior.
We have said in the introduction that atmosphere in Fluminense locker room before facing their great city rival is at low lever, given they have five-game winless streak in the league of even four defeats and one draw, which is why they descended to the verge of relegation zone. True, they still have on point more than 17th-placed Sport Recife and 18th-positioned Avai but if they don’t improve their game their situation in the finish of season could be very tricky.
On the other hand they recently eliminated Ecuadorian LDU Quito from the Copa Sudamericana and in that way have reached the quarter-finals where will play two tough matches with Flamengo, so it will be very interesting to watch how their league match will end. Neither of teams is exactly brilliant recently, while this time Fluminense cannot count on injured stoppers Gum and Henrique, midfielder Pierre and forward Calazans, while midfielder Orejuela is invited to play for Ecuador national team.
Although both teams are in crisis we have nevertheless decided to give advantage in this great Rio de Janeiro derby to the home team and that is Flamengo, given it is still in the race for the Copa Libertadores.
Bet Type: 3Way - result
Selection: Flamengo RJ
Best Odds: 1.73 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 12-Oct-2017 22:00 CET
Event Result: 1:1(0:0)
Profit: -40.00 Units