Cruzeiro vs Botafogo for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Sunday at the Governador Magalhães Pinto Stadium.
The host team are currently in the red zone of the table with only eight points in nine games played. The team won 3-0 in their last home game against Atletico-MG for the Brazillian Cup and will enter this game with a little more confidence after that positive result.
The club is sunk in the biggest administrative crisis in its history, with leaders being investigated on suspicion of fraud using club resources. With the comfortable win over Atletico MG, the situation somewhat relieved the pressure from the top players and coach, but nothing changes their political status.
In the Brasileirão the situation of the Raposa continues weak, having until now (two victories, two ties and five defeats), occupying the 18th place, although having the same score of Fluminense, 16th position and first outside the danger zone. Although the home side has only two wins so far this season, they were unbeaten in their last three home games in all competitions and have scored six goals, which may indicate that they have many chances to make a positive result.
Botafogo is much better in the championship and are in 7th place in the league table with fifteen points (five wins and four losses), and is fighting for the best places in the elite division of the Brazilian championship.
Botafogo in their last game was defeated at home by Grémio, which also may indicate some difficulties they may have at this meeting on Sunday. The performance of the team is satisfactory when they play away from home, and this also leads me to believe that’s going to be a well-balanced game.
During this break of the Copa America period, the team has one more option to give speed to their attack, with advanced Biro-Biro, who was in São Paulo, and also Victor Rangel, who was recently hired.
In considering the current form of both teams, the hosts have the home factor that can be decisive, but Cruzeiro needs the win to show that it can improve on the leaderboard. I think Botafogo has the quality and capacity to win this game.