Fluminense and Santos face off at Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã), in a match for the 18th round of Serie A. At this stadium, the history of direct confrontations indicates a total balance between these two teams, since there was 1 draw and 1 victory for each team in the last 3 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 27‑09‑2019, for Serie A, which ended in a draw (1‑1). The goals of the match were scored by Lucas Verissimo (45 ‘Autogolo), for Fluminense, and Y. Soteldo (40′), for Santos. In this game the home factor may be decisive, as Fluminense presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in 6th position, with 26 points won, after 7 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Atlético Mineiro by (1‑1). In the last match, they drew at home against Ceará by (2‑2). This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses as a visitor; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. For the championship, Fluminense won 18 points out of a possible 27, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 9 games they played in their stadium. In their home league matches the most frequent final result at half ‑ time was 1‑0 (4 out of 9 matches). Their defense has not been very strong, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for goals, since 6 of their last 9 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 17 matches in the competition, he suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 2 comebacks. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 12 home matches for all competitions: they have scored 8 of their 20 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘); they have conceded 4 of their 9 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
Fluminense are fighting for a place in the Copa Libertadores, so they are aware of the importance of winning games at home. When facing a direct competitor, it will be necessary to be a little more careful. Any mistakes you make can upset you, so you’ll need to do your best on the pitch to make sure that doesn’t happen. With attitude and quality, the team can win the game naturally.
After 7 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses, the visiting team is currently in 5th position, with 27 points won. In their last match, they beat Coritiba away by (1‑2), after having lost in the previous match at home, in a match against Atlético GO, by (0‑1). This is a team that presents similar results at home and away, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. In the last match they played, for CONMEBOL Libertadores, they beat Defensa y Justicia at home by (2‑1). In their last 8 away games for the championship, Santos has recorded 4 victories, 2 draws and 2 defeats, for which they won 14 points out of 24 possible.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 5 away matches. In their home league matches the most frequent final result at half ‑ time was 0‑0 (3 out of 8 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not presented great defensive strength, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 17 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Like their rival, Santos are also at the top of the table and continue to fight for a place in the Copa Libertadores. So you know that each point added now can make a difference later. So, the Sao Paulo team must choose the moments to attack well, because otherwise it can complicate everything and be surprised by Fluminense. Actually, a draw wouldn’t be bad, but you know you can win.