Corinthians will take on Flamengo. The match will take place at Neo Quimica Arena in Sao Paulo on Sunday, July 10th.
Corsicans are currently in a difficult season. “Timau”, performs in Serie A. They passed the Copa Libertadores group round without too much difficulty. The draw saw the Brazilians paired with Boca Juniors in the 1/8 finals. The draw at home against the Argentines was a draw. The score in Buenos Aires was a repeat of the previous week, but Corinthians won the penalty shootout. The playoffs for the main continental tournament are responsible for a decline in domestic arena. Santos was the team that lost. July started with a crushing defeat to Fluminense, 0-4. It’s not surprising that Palmeiras is leading the competition.
Flamango has already replaced their coaches to try and rectify the situation. The Vultures were the most prominent team in the country until very recently. There were also successes in Cope Libertadores. Against this backdrop, 2nd place in Serie A last season was seen as a failure. The Brazilians also lost in the Copa Libertadores final. Paula Souza was invited to the winter to help bring the team back up to their peak. The Portuguese failed to impress by June. He still made it through the Copa group stage. Dorival Junior was already absent and there was a confrontation with Deportes Tolima. Which was simply lost 7-1 in the return match! Equally important is to rectify the situation in Serie A. Under the new coach it was possible to win against America Mineiro (3-0 at-home) and Santos (2-1 away). We are now close to the top 6 thanks to the Brasileirao table’s density.
Corinth won a head to head match in 2018 within the context of the national cup. There were nine matches after that and Timau could only manage a draw in 2019. Flamengo won three matches last year with different scores: 2-1, 3-1, and 1-0. Although Corinthians is clearly in trouble, Flamengo’s mentor change has clearly helped the team. It is worth accepting the win of the visitors with 0 handicap, given the history of this relationship.
Prediction: Flamengo will win the match with 0.0 handicap.