On the upcoming Thursday, at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo will play with Fluminense. The most famous derby in Rio. However, the future competitors are far from the leadership in Serie A. Bookmakers in this couple are on Fla’s side, which are on a higher position in the championship tournament table. But it is important to note, that there is only eight-point handicap, i.e. there is no big class difference between the teams.
Flamengo aren’t fighting for the championship this season, as they are losing 16 points to the leading Corinthians. Fla themselves have 39 points in the asset, which correspond to the seventh position in the peloton. Fla are losing only one point to Botafogo, which are situated on the sixth position.
If Flamengo are one point away from the Copa Libertadores zone, Fluminense are one point away from the relegation zone. Flu, as well as Bahia, Sao Paulo have 31 points in the asset, while Sport and Avai have one point less, being in the relegation zone. Coritiba and Atletico Goianiense, which conclude the Serie A tournament table, are not that far as well. Therefore, the ending promises to be hot and Fluminense still haven’t secured themselves a spot in the elite.
The future opponents are not showing their best performance in the second half of the championship, having trouble with results. There is no big advantage of Flamengo over Fluminense at the moment and the action line clearly overestimates the Red-and-Blacks. In this situation one may try betting on the underdog.
Prediction for the match: Fluminense to win with +1.5 Asian handicap