Thursday presents quite a few interesting clashes. Yes, Europe are resting now, with a few exceptions. But there is still Brazilian football, and there will be quite a few cup duels in that country on Thursday night. Out of the total, the clash between Atlético Mineiro and Flamengo, last years’ champions, stands out. Do the visitors have hopes of a positive outcome? The readers of the website can access the author’s forecast and preview of one of the main matches on June 23, 2022. Full statistics and current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet app review.
Atletico Mineiro will be difficult to repeat last year’s triumph
The Roosters managed to win the league title last season. Exactly the long-awaited one, because before that the ‘gold’ was won exactly half a century ago, as far back as 1971. Now Hulk and company, of course, would like to repeat that success. But so far, they have failed to keep pace with the leaders in the current competition. However, the Brazilians have managed to make the play-offs in the Copa Libertadores. But curiously, after finishing there, Antonio Mohamed’s side went undefeated in Brasileirao. It was only in the last encounter, against Flamengo, that they finally managed to win, and confidently, 2-0.
Flamengo disappointed at the start of this season
The Vultures have had a cool stretch of history recently. They won the national championship twice in a row in 2019-2020, taking the Copa Libertadores at the same time. But last season it was only 2nd place, albeit combined with another 1st Copa final – but they lost in that as well. They wanted to put things right, and, as is often the case in Brazil nowadays, they backed the Portuguese Paulo Sousa. But this specialist managed to quickly disappoint. His good results in the Copa Libertadores did not save him either: 16 points in the group. The achievements in the league, where the statistics at the start of the summer were at the level of the outsiders, were too depressing. As a result, Dorival Júnior was called up to the Maracanã. He started with a defeat but then beat Cuiaba 2-0. And then the aforementioned 0-2 followed.
In 2020-2021, Atletico Mineiro had three wins in a row. But in October, Flamengo managed to beat their opponents in the championship. And in February, the Vultures beat the Roosters on penalties in the Super Cup clash after going 2-2 in game time.
Hardly any time for anything to change. Maybe less confident, but should win again Atletico Mineiro (odds – 1.82).