Fluminense vs Internacional for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Saturday at Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium.
Fluminense confirmed their favouritism by winning their last game in the last 16 of the Copa Sudamericana, against Peñarol. After beating the Uruguayans in Montevideo 2-1, this time they won the Uruguayans 3-1 at home, qualifying for the next round.
Fluminense has nine points (two wins, three draws and seven losses), the carioca team are in the seventeenth position in the standings, and it is said that deserves to be in this position, which is part of the relegation zone, as the team national league has been disastrous.
Coach Fernando Diniz is under tremendous pressure, week after week the tricolours are repeatedly losing games in Brazilian series A.
It’s in the continental competition that the team has given some rest to coach Fernando Diniz, who urgently needs to find solutions for the relegation zone team. The hosts need to earn all three points and will surely fight with all the weapons they have.
Internacional also fulfilled its mission with distinction and qualified for the next phase of the Copa Libertadores of America. In the Brazilian Serie A, Internacional is in a more comfortable position than its opponent with twenty points (six wins, two draws and four losses), occupying the sixth position in the leaderboard.
The team is also playing in the Brazilian Cup, so coach Odair Hellman will likely make some changes in this game, and line up a team with less used players. At the moment, Internacional is sixth place in the table, but with so many competitions to play, some will probably be left behind. I think this will happen, it is indeed only for a matter of time until Fluminense starts changing its strategy.
Fluminense really needs this win, and probably against a weaker side of Internacional, Fluminense has my prediction of victory.