Match Time: 7/15/2019 03:00 Monday (GMT+8)
Rodriguinho is the main player Cruzeiro signed this season but the attacking midfielder has been complaining about some pain since April and will go through back surgery to end this problem.Botafogo is about to sign forward Biro Biro, who is coming on a loan, but it’s not a done deal yet. For this match coach Eduardo Barroca will count with all his players.
Injured/unavailable: Rodriguinho (back)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Cruzeiro have been the most disappointing team in the league this year. After selling Arrascaeta they invested the money back and signed important pieces that improved their quality, but it seems like things stopped working and they come from only two wins in their first nine matches in the Brasileiro, ending the first stage of the league placed inside the relegation zone.
Botafogo are just the opposite. They were expected to be fighting against relegation but instead are in the top half of the table and having the same point (15 points) as the top six team and the fact that they did not tie any of their previous games helped them get important points to get them to this position. But that also means they have been inconsistent, going from win to loss in these nine matches – five wins and four losses.
They have two wins playing as visitors. Now that they will visit a good side, Botafogo should have some trouble and Cruzeiro will use that to recover from their recent poor form and get their third win in the league.
SECOND PREDICTION: HILO - LOW
Even though they got a couple of wins as visitors, Botafogo failed to score in two of their away league matches and they lost both of them and now that they should lose again it’s likely that they will even fail to score, which will cause this match to not have too many goals.
HEAD TO HEAD
This is a chance for Botafogo to beat Cruzeiro for the first time after three years, as they clashed five times since their last win with two wins for Cruzeiro and three draws.