Previous: Botafogo vs. América Mineiro – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday’s Copa do Brasil clash between Botafogo and América Mineiro, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Botafogo come into the second leg of the Copa Brasil qualifier facing a huge deficit as hosts America Mineiro at Nilton Santos Stadium on Thursday with a place at stake for the quarterfinals.

Coelho won the opening match 3-0 in late June and now has a chance to advance to the last eight for the second time in three years.

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A poor start to the opener a couple of weeks ago seemed to shake their confidence early on, and it only got worse from there, as Fogo now have a big task ahead of them in trying to turn around a three-goal deficit.

Conceding the first goal has pretty much deflated this group and their energy on the pitch throughout the campaign, losing five of their last six games by allowing the first goal and failing to count in each of those defeats.

Luis Castro he has consistently praised the importance of patient possession breaking down the lines in a controlled manner, which is a difficult approach to take when you find yourself down a couple of goals at the half like they did against America in the first leg.

The road to the quarter-finals may seem long at the moment, but this team has shown that scoring three goals is within their capabilities, winning both of their games in the third round by a score of 3-0, while scoring three. times in league play on three separate occasions.

When you add to that the fact that they have never lost to the USA at home, twice scoring three or more goals, while recording two clean sheets, there is little reason for optimism heading into this clash on Thursday. .

At the moment, Fogo are on an offensive slump, without a goal in three of their previous four games in all competitions, while winning just one of their last four home games.

América Mineiro head coach Vagner Mancini pictured June 12, 2022©Reuters

América Mineiro came out hungry and determined in the first leg at home last month, ending what was at the time a five game winless streak in which they had failed to score in each of those games.

vagner-mancini Not much more could be expected from their players in that match as they took seven shots on goal and did an outstanding job cutting open spaces in the penalty area.

The next step for them would be to improve their away game, where they have been passive when in possession and afraid to take risks, failing to score in four successive away games, conceding in stoppage time on Monday as they fell 1-0 to International.

In this competition in 2020, Coehlo found himself in front after the first leg in two separate ties and was able to finish the job both times, eliminating Corinthians and Internacional in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively that year after having a 1 -0 advantage after the first leg.

Mineiro are yet to concede a goal in three games so far in this tournament, although one would think they’d take into account the fact that they’ve already suffered some away defeats this year, most notably on the final day of the group stage. of the Copa Libertadores. campaign when they fell 3-0 in Independiente del Valle.

While they are rarely caught on the counter-attack, their lone striker up front has often been isolated, as he struggled to find enough quality moves to open up, with Coelho scoring the fewest goals to this point in the campaign. Brazilian Series A (12).

Shape of the Botafogo Copa do Brasil:

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Form of the America Mineiro Copa do Brasil:

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team news

Almost a month has passed since Botafogo found the back of the net at home when kayque scored in the 61st minute on June 16 to beat Sao Paulo 1-0 in a match where kitty fernandez He made two saves to keep a clean sheet.

Matheus Nascimento Y kanu remain tied for the team lead in goals in this tournament with two each, while Erisonwho returned from injury last weekend in a 2-0 loss in Cuiabá, is still looking for his first in the competition, having led nationally with six goals.

Victor Sa (physical discomfort), Diego Goncalves (thigh), Gustavo Sauer (ankle) and raphael (Achilles tendon) is expected to miss this match due to injury.

Wellington Paulista, Daniel Avelar Y English beer all scored for Mineiro in the first leg, with Patrick scoring a couple of assists and the other coming from Marlon.

Goalie Matheus Cavichioli they have only conceded one goal in their last three games in all competitions, and Henrique Almeida he had his only account in a 1-0 home win over Goiás in early July.

Philip Azevedo Y aloisio they have not found the back of the net in this tournament, despite each scoring twice this season in the league.

Wellington Paulista and Everald could be out of this match due to muscle injuries, while Orlando Berrio He is still bothered by a knee problem.

Botafogo possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Kanu, Carli, Saravia; Hugo, Del Piage, De Paula, Borges; Nascimento, Lopes, Erison

Possible starting lineup for América Mineiro:
cavichioli; Patric, Patrick, Eder, Avelar; Kal; Ramirez, Juninho, Ale, Azevedo; Paulista

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We say: Botafogo 1-0 América Mineiro

Coelho has problems with his organization and structure away from home, so we expect Fogo to have some scoring opportunities. However, the home team hasn’t been strong enough in the final third to suggest they can win in the same convincing way America did last month.

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