Fluminense take on visiotrs Santa Cruz on the Brazilian Serie A matchday 2. The match is taking place in Rio de Janeiro at legendary Maracana on Sunday, May 22nd.
Fluminense had quite disappointing previous season, finishing only on the 13th place. However, the first match showed that team improved in the midseason as Fluminense have defeated America Mineiro on the road, 1-0, playing attractive football. Fluminense have played 25 matches in 2016, recording 14 wins, five draws and losing six clashed. 13 home matches of the team ended with seven wins of the hosts, two draws and four losses.
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Santa Cruz have won promotion to elite division last season and have started the year in Serie A with 4-1 win over Vitoria in the first round. The visiting side are definitely got ready for the season in top division as they are on 15-match unbeaten run that includes nine wins and six draws. Santa Cruz have played 30 matches in 2016, recording 15 wins, ten draws and only five losses. 15 matches on the road ended with eight wins, three draws and four defeats. Moreover, the team is undefeated in their last seven away matches since the end of March.
Fluminense and Santa Cruz have played four head-to-heads in their history. Three of them ended with wins of today’s hosts and one ended with a draw. However, the last time the opponents met almost ten years ago. The visiotrs appear to be a tough side beat as for a newly promoted side and they should be able to avoid defeat in the upcoming match.
Prediction for the match: Santa Cruz to win with +1.0 Asian handicap.