Sixth-placed Flamengo will take on Cruzeiro, who are just one spot above them in the Brazilian Serie A, on Saturday. Both sides are level on 12 points and separated by a single goal difference in favour of the visitors. Cruzeiro lost 1-0 in midweek to Cuiaba, which saw them pass up an opportunity to move up to third and leaves them five points behind the leaders, Botafogo. Their record this season reads as four wins and three losses from seven matches. After losing their first away match this term to Corinthians, the visitors bounced back well to win the next two over RB Bragantino and America Mineiro. They scored seven without conceding in those two matches. Raposa have failed to get the better of this opposition in their last nine encounters dating back to 2015. With Flamengo finding form in recent weeks, the visitors may find it difficult to take anything from this one.
After a challenging start to the season, Flamengo have improved notably in recent times and could find themselves in the top three with a win in this match. The hosts have an identical record to their opponent of four wins and three losses in their first seven matches. However, after three consecutive defeats last month, they’ve now won three on the bounce coming into this match. Flamengo have won three of their four matches at Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho. They kept clean sheets in each of their three wins, with Botafogo being the only side to have scored against them at this venue. Flamengo won the last encounter between these sides 2-1 back in 2019. They’ve also outscored them 26-4 in their nine-match unbeaten run. The only concern for the hosts will be fatigue, having played Nublense in the Copa Libertadores 48 hours ago.
Following their 1-1 draw against Nublense in midweek, Flamengo are now unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions and look to be growing in confidence. We fancy the hosts to win this one and will be placing a second wager on them for the outright win at 1.7. The short turnaround time is the only factor that creates a few doubts; therefore, we’ll opt for the safer option of our money back in the event of a draw as our main wager. Our Flamengo v Cruzeiro prediction: Flamengo Draw No Bet.