On their honeymoon with the fans after thrashing Vélez away from home for Libertadores, Flamengo has another important game this weekend. On Sunday (4), at 11 am, the Mais Querido faces Ceará, at Maracanã, for the Brazilian Championship. The match will be broadcast by Premiere FC.
This weekend’s round could make Flamengo lean even more on the leader Palmeiras. While Rubro-Negro faces Ceará at home after opening a huge advantage in Libertadores, the São Paulo team has a complicated game against Bragantino away from home, after losing the first leg against Athletico-PR in the continental tournament.
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Therefore, it is a decisive round to close the gap and paste in the lead. But how do Flamengo and Ceará arrive in the national championship? Mengão won the classic against Botafogo in the 24th round by 1×0, while “Vozão” drew at home against Athletico-PR in 0x0.
The two teams live different moments in the season. With Dorival Júnior, Flamengo is alive in the three competitions, with a big advantage in the semifinals of the Copa do Brasil and Libertadores. On the other hand, Ceará is fighting relegation, in 15th, and will have the debut of the new coach, Lucho González.
Where to watch Flamengo vs Ceará
The broadcast of the game at Maracanã will be exclusive on TV Globo’s pay-per-view, Premiere FC, on television. But for those who want to watch on a mobile device, Premiere Play and Globoplay are also options over the internet.
Flamengo’s starting lineup for the game against Ceará is not yet defined. In recent months, coach Dorival Júnior has used a rotation in the squad, with the holders entering the field in the cups and the reserves in the Brasileirão.
However, with the large advantage acquired in the first match of Libertadores in Buenos Aires, and with some players hanging on for the return game, it is likely that the coach will select some holders against Ceará.
In an interview after the match in Argentina, Marcos Braz said that Dorival would probably go back to prioritizing the straight points tournament: “It’s the probability (prioritizing the Brasileirão). Even because we only have one more game in Libertadores and I think now it’s time to go after the Brazilian”.
Therefore, the probable lineup of Flamengo based on the dynamics exerted by Dorival and with the situation for Libertadores should be: Santos, Matheuzinho, Fabrício Bruno, Léo Pereira, Ayrton Lucas; Thiago Maia, João Gomes, Everton Ribeiro; Marinho, Chives and Gabigol.
Ceará’s probable lineup: João Ricardo, Nino, Gabriel Lacerda, Messias, Bruno Pacheco; Richard Coelho, Richardson, Vina; Lima, Mendoza, Jo
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