Sports Mole previews Thursday’s Copa do Brasil clash between América Mineiro and Botafogo, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Botafogo will make its first Copa do Brasil round of 16 appearance since 2017 when it travels to the Raimundo Sampaio Stadium in Belo Horizonte to face America Mineiro in Thursday’s opening match.
América eliminated Centro Sportivo Alagoano 5-0 on aggregate in the third round, while Fogo advanced by winning their two-leg match against Ceilandia by a combined score of 6-0.
A shock loss on penalties to third-tier side Cricuma in the third round last year did not sit well with Mineiro, who have tried to use that disappointment as a rallying cry this year.
vagner-mancini saw their players very determined to right the wrongs of the 2021 competition, and they put in a couple of impressive second-half performances in their previous draw, scoring three times in the last 30 minutes in Maceio, winning the first leg 3- 0 .
An early and late tally at home secured their place in the round of 16 for the first time since 2020, when they reached as far as the semi-finals.
Coelho has conceded a goal or less in three of their last four away games, although they have not produced as much quality in the attacking third, having failed to score in their previous two games in Minas Gerais.
Their traditional 4-1-4-1 formation has given them plenty of goalscoring opportunities through their pressing, although their lone striker at the top has rarely found enough space to get behind opposing defences, with Mineiro now goalless. in four consecutive domestic meetings.
They can usually rely on a solid, well-organized pressing game that doesn’t leave much room for their opponents to counterattack in transition. However, he conceded seven shots on goal to Flamengo over the weekend in a 3-0 loss, moving into the relegation zone as a result.
Conceding the first goal has proven to be like a dagger to the heart of America, who have not responded well when they have fallen behind, being shut out in nine of their last 10 games in which they have conceded first.
Despite a difficult June, winning two of six domestic matches, Botafogo have a little respite in the Brasileiro Serie A table, currently sitting in 10th place, three points above relegation.
After a resolute defense between the end of March and the end of May, where they conceded a goal or less in six successive away games, their form hasn’t been as strong away from home of late, conceding six goals in their last two games.
Although five years have passed since this club reached the knockout stage of the Copa do Brasil, they put together an impressive run in their previous appearance in the knockout stage.
Botafogo reached the Semifinals in 2017, suffering just one loss in their first four second phase matches before ultimately being eliminated by Flamengo.
Estrela Solitaria has never faced América in this competition, nor has she beaten them on their home field despite many close games.
They have conceded just one goal in three of their previous four meetings against them, with their best result coming in May this year in a 1-1 draw.
Luis Castro he’ll imagine his team’s chances of advancing to the last eight if Fogo can perform similarly to what we saw in the third round, as they conceded less than 40% of possession in each of those encounters and were rarely threatened with dangerous opportunities to contend with in their own penalty area.
Since the 4-0 loss against league leaders Palmeiras, they have managed to keep their games close, with their last four being decided by a single goal.
Form of the America Mineiro Copa do Brasil:
Form América Mineiro (all competitions):
Shape of the Botafogo Copa do Brasil:
Form Botafogo (all competitions):
Five players found the back of the net for América in their first two games of this competition, as Eder, mateusinho Y pedrinho all scored in the opening match, with Indio Ramirez Y Rodriguinho counting in the second leg.
Iago Maidana he leads them nationally, scoring three times, Philip Azevedo Y aloisio are the following with two each, while Everald he is first in assists for them with two so far in the league.
Maidana is one of three players expected to miss this game on Thursday because of a broken foot, while prison guard Y Orlando Berrio he could return early next month as they are recovering from thigh and knee injuries, respectively.
a corset kanu in the first leg he helped Botafogo take an early lead in their third-round tie, with Lucas Piazon writing down an insurance account, while Matheus Nascimento scored a couple of goals in the second stage with patrick de paula scoring the first goal in that match.
Erison is tied for third place in goals in Serie A, adding six times so far this year, while douglas borges got two clean sheets in their only two Copa do Brasil games so far in 2022.
Victor Sa he is going through some physical discomfort, which could leave him out for a couple of weeks, Diego Goncalves has a sore thigh and Gustavo Sauer will be questionable due to an ankle injury.
Possible starting lineup for América Mineiro:
cavichioli; Marlon, LuanPatrick, Eder, Patric; Ze Ricardo; Azevedo, Ale, Juninho, Ramirez; aloisio
Botafogo possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Kanu, Carli, Cuesta; Daniel Borges, Tche Tche, Del Piage, Hugo; Lopes, Nascimento, Erison
We say: America Mineiro 1-0 Botafogo
The home team has walked away with a win or a draw in all eight matches between these two teams at the national level, and we expect that trend to continue on Thursday.
Don’t be fooled by their goals in the third round, as neither team has shown the same quality against most teams in the top flight, but playing at home should give the USA a slight edge, although we don’t anticipate there will be a lot. of scoring opportunities at either end.
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