Flamengo hosts Juventude in round 26 of Brazilian Serie A. The match will be played on Thursday, October 14th at Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro)
After 25 rounds, Flamengo is in the top three and takes 2nd place with 42 points. The team is in the zone of direct promotion to Copa Libertadores and has a 1-point advantage over its closest pursuers, Red Bull Bragantino. Flamengo's performance in attack and defense is 43 goals scored and 20 goals conceded. The last ten matches of the Vultures ended in one defeat, two draws, and seven victories. In previous rounds, Flamengo defeated Fortaleza (0-3), Athletico Paranaense (3-0) and Palmeiras (1-3), tied against America Mineiro (1-1), and lost to Gremio (0-1). Beyond that, the Vultures twice defeated Barcelona Guayaquil in Copa Libertadores with a score of 2-0 and 0-2. In the last five home matches, Flamengo gained four victories and suffered one defeat.
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The visitors of the upcoming match take 15th place in the standings with 28 points. Juventude is in the safe zone but outranks the nearest pursuer from the red zone by only one point. In the current championship, the Green and Whites scored 24 goals and conceded 30 times. In the last ten matches, they suffered three defeats and gained one victory and six draws. Previous rounds ended for Juventude in 1-1 draws against America Mineiro, Palmeiras, and Corinthians and defeats to Sport Recife (3-1) and Athletico Paranaense (2-1). Juventude gained its last victory in the match against Santos (3-0) three rounds ago. The Green-White have not won five away games in a row.
Juventude managed to beat Flamengo in the first round of the championship. But now the Vultures show excellent results and take a place in the top three, while Juventude gained only one victory in the last five rounds. The Green-Whites are unlikely to resist a strong attack of the hosts. Let's bet on Flamengo's confident victory.
Prediction for the match: Flamengo to win with -1.0 handicap