America Mineiro take on the visitors Botafogo in the first leg match of the round of 16 in Copa do Brasil. The match will be played on Friday, July 1st at Estádio Raimundo Sampaio (Belo Horizonte).
America Mineiro are rightfully considered one of the main "football lifts" of its country. Suffice it to say that from 2006 to 2009, the "rabbits" played at the level of the 3rd division of the country. And then 3 attempts to gain a foothold in Serie A were unsuccessful. In 2011, 2016 and 2018, it was possible to hold out for at least 1 season. Against this background, last year's 8th place of the team, which had just risen once again in Brasileirao, was perceived as a full-fledged breakthrough. But, as often happens, this was followed by a recession. Brazilian upstarts completely failed in the Copa Libertadores: only 2 draws with 4 defeats with a goal difference of 6-13. Yes, and in the championship, where at first they started relatively well, they were blown away by June. Having taken only 1 point in the last 5 rounds, due to a goalless draw at home with Fluminense, America Mineiro rolled back into the relegation zone.
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Botafogo are trying to stay in the top division of the country, although it allows misfires. So it happened at the end of 2020 - the Lone Star had to go to Serie B. But there, like in previous similar times in this century, it didn’t get stuck, managing to return right away. It was not possible to lure Cavani in the winter, but the ex-player of Dynamo (Kyiv) Che-Che, as well as the experienced Lucas Piazon and Finn Hämäläinen, who went to Euro 2020, became the players of the “victorious” ones. All this provides not transcendental, but quite worthy intermediate results. The team has already 5 wins and 18 points, and is quite confident in the middle of the standings. In particular, in mid-June, they beaten Sao Paulo and Internacional.
In general, America Mineiro do not have the best statistics in head-to-head with Botafogo. So this season, having played for the first time after a pause of almost 4 years, the "rabbits" at home were limited to a 1-1 draw. Bookmakers believe that America Mineiro have a good chance of winning this time - they play at home. But the guests will also try to go further in the cup, so it’s better to stop at the option with “over 2.0 goals”.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 scored goals.