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Preview: Flamengo against Corinthians – prediction, team news, lineups

Flamengo against Corinthians – prediction, team news, lineups

Flamengo Against Corinthians: It has been a second successive trip to the Semi-Finals of the Copa Libertadores. They are within touching distance of Flamengo. Flamengo is set to host Corinthians in the second leg at the Maracana.

Flamengo Against Corinthians: It has been a second successive trip to the Semi-Finals of the Copa Libertadores.
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Last season’s runners-up went on to win the opening leg of this tie 2-0. Timao was handed over their second defeat of this competition.

Flamengo is set to invite Corinthians to the Maracana Stadium in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores quarter-final on 9th August 2022.

The home team knocked out a 2-0 win in the first leg. All thanks to goals from Giorgian de Arrascaeta and Gabigol to achieve that. With a two-goal lead on aggregate and home advantage, the team is a strong favorite to progress into the semi-finals.

They extended their unbeaten run to eight games in the competition. They bagged a 2-0 win over Sao Paulo in their Brazilian Serie A fixture on 6th August. But the last defeat was against Corinthians in a league fixture last month.

The visitors salvaged a point in their away game at Avai on 6th August. They have to dig deep if they want to launch a comeback in this fixture.

Match preview

Since the middle of July, the Flamengo was expected at the beginning of the season to show up in spades.

The team’s impressive form has enabled Dorival Junior’s men to climb up to third in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A table.

Under Junior, the team has been responsible for the back end. The team successfully posted six clean sheets in their last eight games. They were defeated 1-0 by Corinthians on the road back in July.

Mengao emerged dominant at home. They won all four of their matches so far at this tournament. They outscored their opponents 15-3.

They did not have a Quarter-Final tie at the Libertadores since 2010. They have never been eliminated from a knockout stage tie after the opening leg since 2008.

Flamengo trailed on two occasions at this year’s tournament. They had the longest spell being 16 minutes. They found an equalizer away to Talleres Cordoba on Matchday Six.

Corinthians are responsible for a massive job ahead of them. They have an aim to reverse their fortunes in this tie. They have an eye to knock out a team brimming with confidence at the moment.

It will be a difficult task for Vitor Pereira’s men. These men have never emerged victorious from a knockout tie with the two-time champions of the event. Even though they were the team who kept them off the scoresheet domestically. A goal from Rodinei was a contribution to help Corinthians claim three points.

Time do Povo did concede the opening goal in their previous two encounters. But they managed to recover against Avai. They drew 1-1 and stayed above Flamengo in the Serie table by three points.

Scoring the opener in this upcoming fixture is pivotal to their chances to come back. Corinthians were defeated once in their previous nine matches in which they have drawn first blood.

Playing away from home was quite challenging for this squad. They won one of their previous seven road matches in all competitions in normal time. But they failed to score in four of those encounters.

Head-to-Head

The two teams have faced each other 144 times across all competitions. Flamengo does have the upper hand in this fixture. The hosts celebrated 60-54 wins against their Western rivals. The spoils have been shared a total no. of 30 times between the two teams.

Rubro-Negro contributed against the visitors in the continental competition with a win last time around. They led 3-1 wins in the Libertadores between the two sides. One game ended in a draw.

Flamengo form guide (all competitions): Win-Win-Win-Draw-Win

Corinthians form guide (all competitions): Draw-Loss-Win-Loss-Win

Team News

Flamengo

Rodrigo Caio and Bruno Henrique have been absent for a long time due to injuries. The new signings Erick Pulgar and Guillermo Varela are included in the squad for this game.

Injured players: Bruno Henrique, Rodrigo Caio

Suspended players: No one

Doubtful players: No one

Unavailable players: Guillermo Varela, Erick Pulgar

Corinthians

Renato Augusto came back from the bench in the previous league game. Raul Gustavo remains unavailable due to a thigh injury. The same situation has denied Willian to play. Paulinho is a long-term absentee suffering from a serious knee injury. Maycon is set to miss the game due to a foot fracture.

Carlos Miguel tested positive for COVID-19 last week and will be unavailable.

Injured players: Raul Gustavo, Willian, Maycon, Paulinho

Suspended players: No one

Doubtful players: No one

Unavailable players: Luan, Carlos Miguel

Predicted XIs

Flamengo (4-3-3)

Santos (Goal Keeper)

Matheuzinho

David Luiz

Leo Pereira

Filipe Luís

Thiago Maia

Joao Gomes

Giorgian de Arrascaeta

Everton Ribeiro

Gabigol

Lázaro

Corinthians (4-3-3)

Cássio (Goal Keeper)

Fagner

Fabian Balbuena

Bruno Méndez

Lucas Piton

Cantillo

Du Queiroz

Renato Augusto

Róger Guedes

Gustavo Mosquito

Yuri Alberto

Prediction

Corinthians’ last four games across all competitions have 2.5 goals or lower. This game is also expected to end up being a low-scoring affair. Flamingo has high chances.

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