Botafogo will be hoping to get their Brasileirão campaign back on track when they host Ceara on Saturday at 8pm.
The Great Fire find themselves 16th in the table despite losing just four of their 17 league games so far this season. The main reason for Botafogo’s poor position in the standings is their huge number of draws registered throughout this Serie A campaign, with no fewer than 10 of their 17 games ending as stalemates. Botafogo go into this weekend off the back of a three-game winless streak, including a narrow 1-0 home defeat against Cuiabá Esporte in the Copa do Brasil.
Meanwhile, Ceara head into this match off the back of a three-match unbeaten run in the league, which includes a 2-1 home victory against Coritiba last time out. They currently sit 10th in the table, just five points behind sixth-placed Santos. The bad news, however, is that Ceara are without a win in their last six competitive away games, losing three. In addition, Ceara have failed to score in three of their last four away games.
But Ceara will be boosted by the fact they are unbeaten in their past six meetings with Botafogo, albeit winning just once in the process. The positive fact is that Ceara are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Botafogo RJ, although they have won just once in the process.
Can Botafogo secure their third home victory of the season? Or will Ceara extend their unbeaten run in the league to five games?
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Botafogo RJ and Ceara’s previous line-ups:
- Botafogo (vs Cuiaba): Cavalieri; Kevin, Kanu, Benevenuto, Victor Luis; Honda, Cicero, Forster; Nazario, Pedro, Rhuan.
- Ceara (vs Santos): Prass; Eduardo, Pagnussat, Otavio, Pacheco; Charles, Fabinho; Fernando, Vinicius, Leo Chu; Sobis.
Marcinho and Roberto Fernandez are both missing through injury for Botafogo, who boast Japanese legend Keisuke Honda among their ranks. We should see some changes into the starting lineup after coach Bruno Lazaroni was sacked in midweek.
Ceara’s Klaus is back in training but he will probably be involved in the Under 23s game to gain some fitness. William Oliveira is still out through injury while Rodrigao is a doubt.