Vasco da Gama take on visitors Santa Cruz in the first leg of Round of 32 matchups in Brazil Cup. The match is taking place in Rio De Janiero at Sao Januario Stadium on Thursday, July 14th.
Vasco da Gama got relegated from Serie A by the end of last season but the club is determined to make return to elite division after only one year in Serie B and they’re succeeding in it so far. Vasco are currently first in the Serie B standings with 31 points gained in 15 matches with 26-15 goal difference. The hosts of the match have already fought through two stages of Brazilian Cup, beating Remo, 1-0, 2-1 and CRB, 1-0, 1-1. Vasco da Gama played 20 matches at home in 2016, showing consistent results with 13 wins, five draws and two defeats.
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Santa Cruz reorients elite division of Brazil. The visiting side show quite disappointing results so far, sitting on 18th place in the league standings with 14 points after 14 matches with 16-20 goal difference. The visiting side haven’t conceded a single match in previous rounds of the tournament, eliminating Rio Branco, 1-0, 0-0 and Vitoria da Conquista, 2-0, 0-0. Santa Cruz played 21 match on the road in 2016, showing quite mediocre results with eight wins, five draws and eight defeats. Moreover, the last four away matches were lost 3-8 on aggregate score.
Vasco da Gama and Santa Cruz played six head-to-heads in their history. Three of these matches ended with victories of today’s hosts, two clashed ended with draws and on time Santa Cruz celebrated a triumph. The teams represent different divisions but the leaders of Serie B appear to be favorites of the home leg against struggling representative of elite division.
Prediction for the match: Vasco da Gama to win.