Botafogo vs Palmeiras Soccer Prediction Today
With the command of coach Paulo Valentin, who was waived by Palmeiras at the end of last season, Botafogo reached on Sunday, April 8, the title of the Carioca Championship dramatically. After losing the first decisive game for the Vasco, by 3 to 2, managed to win the second match, by 1 to 0, thanks to goal in the second time extra time and to get the trophy in the decision by penalties.
It also showed power of reaction on Thursday, April 12. Against Audax Italiano in Chile, they were at a disadvantage in the first leg of the first round of the 2018 edition of the Copa Sudamericana. In the second half, turned the marker and returned to the home celebrating the victory by 2 to 1. Now, only need a draw to ensure the passage of stage.
Valentin dramatically changed Botafogo’s tactical structure compared to the 2017 season when the club achieved good results under Jair Ventura Filho. The extremely defensive stance was abandoned and offensive production grew. The change, however, presented the bill. The team, which presented many difficulties to attack opponents, has been leaked more easily.
In the Campeonato Carioca, the new strategy worked, although with many frights. It remains to be seen whether, in the face of clubs of better technical quality and more tactically structured, the greater risk will be worthwhile.
Risk was something that coach Roger Machado, who took advantage of the opportunity opened by the lack of confidence of the board of Palmeiras in Valentin to be hired, did not want to take on the Paulista Championship. Almost invariably put on the field the team that considers holder without giving chances to the reserves. Not even on dates close to matches of the Copa Libertadores of America.
After all, he knew the story of 2017 when Eduardo Baptista used Paulistão as a training platform and ended up being fired after failing to win the title. Roger also kept his hands shaking. In the decision, it took 1 to 0 at home, Corinthians, and saw the rival celebrate the achievement by winning the decision on penalties.
He had an external factor to help him. Polemics over arbitration meant that the team’s poor ability to create offensive moves was cast aside. The sound of critics was muffled by protests against alleged TV interference in referee Marcelo Aparecido’s decision to go back after scoring a penalty in favor of the alviverde.
On Wednesday, April 11, the problem was repeated against Boca Juniors, in a match for the third round of the group stage of the Copa Libertadores of America. At home, Palmeiras had to settle for a 1-1 draw. An error by defender Antonio Carlos in the Argentines’ goal, already in the second half, ended up making the player the scapegoat.
Soccer Prediction of the Day Botafogo vs Palmeiras
If the complaints regarding arbitration helped to mask the problems of Palmeiras, the good results have had the same effect in Botafogo. The team clearly does not have the technical conditions to support the tactical scheme implemented by Valentin. The tendency is for this to be clear throughout the Brazilian, when the level of rivals is quite superior.
Monday’s game is an excellent opportunity to take a test. The alviverdes have had extreme difficulty producing creative bids in the attack. Work can be facilitated if Botafogo maintains his posture.
Prediction Today: Palmeiras