Corinthians vs Flamengo RJ Preview 01/08/2021

We have a full round of fixtures to look forward to in the Brazilian Serie A on the weekend, including the meeting between Corinthians and Flamengo at the Arena Corinthians.

The hosts begin the weekend in 10th place on 17 points while the visitors are in 6th place on 21 points and hoping to close the gap on the top four teams.

Corinthians come into the match having recorded a 2-1 win at Cuiabá in Serie A on the 27th of July. Corinthians found themselves 2-0 up at half time and despite conceding a goal in the 71st minute, they held on to take maximum points. It was an important victory for Corinthians, who lost their previous two league fixtures against Fortaleza and Atlético Mineiro at home.

Their recent home record in Serie A is poor in terms of wins and Corinthians have recorded just a single victory in their last 8 home league games. There have been 3 defeats in those 8 home matches, plus 4 draws.

Trends show both teams have scored in 4 of their last 5 Serie A fixtures at the Arena Corinthians. They have been struggling defensively when playing at home and Corinthians have kept just a single clean sheet in their last 6 league matches on home soil.

Flamengo come into the game having recorded a convincing victory over ABC in the Round of 16 of the Copa do Brasil in mid-week. ABC currently play their football in Serie D and the gap in quality was evident as Flamengo found themselves 4-0 up at half-time. With the team in cruise control, Flamengo added two additional goals in the second half to win 6-0.

That result means Flamengo have won each of their last 6 matches in all competitions. Three of those victories have come in Serie A, with wins over Chapecoense and São Paulo at home plus Bahia away. Flamengo have certainly be scoring plenty of goals in recent games and they have scored at least 4 goals in each of their last 4 matches in all competitions.

Trends show Flamengo are undefeated against Corinthians in their last 9 league games.

Looking ahead to the team news and Corinthians will be without three players due to injury as Gabriel Pereira, Gustavo Mantuan, and Ruan Oliveira are not expected back in action until early August.

Flamengo are without midfielder Piris Da Motta due to an ankle injury while goalkeeper, Cesar, is not expected back in action until October.

Flamengo are in good form and they have been scoring plenty of goals in recent games. Corinthians have been struggling to win matches at home and their defence has been struggling to keep clean sheets. Therefore, we expect to see Flamengo take maximum points, with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals in the game.

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