Botafogo vs Athletico Paranaense Match Analysis and Prediction

Athletico Paranaense will be looking for a second straight win when they make a trip to Botafogo on Sunday, with the visitors having the chance to move to second place according to other results in the round 19 of the Brasileiro Serie A.

A victory last time out left the visitors sitting fifth, just four points behind league leaders Palmeiras, while their hosts have dropped back down to 12th place after theree consecutive defeats.

Botafogo have certainly endured a mixed campaign since earning promotion back to the Brazilian top flight, having started impressively with three wins and 12 points from their opening seven matches.

A run of four straight defeats then followed, provoking a fan invasion of the training ground as Luis Castro’s side quickly slipped down the table, only to stop the rot with consecutive wins over Sao Paulo and Internacional.

Fogo would then continue their improvement by bouncing back from a defeat to Fluminense with a 1-0 win away to Bragantino, but have since suffered three straight league defeats and four across all competitions.

They face an Athletico Paranaense side looking to strengthen their position at the top end of the table, having found an impressive run of form following a tough start to the season.

Having collected just six points from their opening six matches, Paranaense did not look set to mount a challenge towards the top, but they quickly put up a nine-game unbeaten run.

That run finally ended when they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 away at Goias, and they failed to return to winning ways in the following fixture against Internacional, playing out a goalless draw after defeating Bahia 2-1 to reach the Copa do Brasil quarter-finals.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side then kept themselves four points off the top spot with a 4-1 victory over Atletico Goianiense last time out.

Botafogo vs Athletico Paranaense head to head

The two teams have previously met on 37 occasions across all competitions, where Botafogo have claimed 10 victories while Paranaense have won 20, and they have drawn in seven. Botafogo have scored 39 goals and conceded 50. In their last five matches, Paranaense have won three, Botafogo one with one draw.

Athletico Paranaense 2-1 Botafogo 28/10/18

Botafogo 2-1 Athletico Paranaense 11/08/19

Athletico Paranaense 1-0 Botafogo 18/11/19

Athletico Paranaense 1-1 Botafogo 09/09/20

Botafogo 0-2 Athletico Paranaense 07/01/21

Botafogo latest home form

Botafogo have recently failed to keep a good run of form at home, having won just one of their six most recent matches. They lost 1-0 to Atletico Mineiro in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored just one goal and conceded five.

Botafogo 0-1 Avai 14/06/22

Botafogo 1-0 Sao Paulo 16/06/22

Botafogo 0-1 Fluminense 26/06/22

Botafogo 0-2 America Mineiro 15/07/22

Botafogo 0-1 Atletico Mineiro 18/07/22

Botafogo latest away form

Botafogo have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just two of their eight most recent matches. They lost 2-0 to Santos in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored four goals and conceded nine.

Internacional 2-3 Botafogo 20/06/22

America Mineiro 3-0 Botafogo 01/07/22

RB Bragantino 0-1 Botafogo 05/07/22

Cuiaba 2-0 Botafogo 11/07/22

Santos 2-0 Botafogo 21/07/22

Athletico Paranaense latest home form

Athletico Paranaense have recently been on a good run of form at home, and have been unbeaten in their five most recent matches. They managed to defeat Atletico Goianiense 4-1 in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored 12 goals and conceded five.

Athletico Paranaense 4-2 RB Bragantino 25/06/22

Athletico Paranaense 2-1 Libertad 29/06/22

Athletico Paranaense 2-1 Bahia 13/07/22

Athletico Paranaense 0-0 Internacional 16/07/22

Athletico Paranaense 4-1 Atletico Goianiense 21/07/22

Athletico Paranaense latest away form

Athletico Paranaense were beaten 2-1 by Goias in their last away game in the league. However, they have recently been on a good run of form on the road, having been unbeaten in their previous seven matches. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded four.

Coritiba 0-1 Athletico Paranaense 19/06/22

Bahia 1-2 Athletico Paranaense 23/06/22

Palmeiras 0-2 Athletico Paranaense 03/07/22

Libertad 1-1 Athletico Paranaense 06/07/22

Goias 2-1 Athletico Paranaense 10/07/22

Botafogo news

Striker Erison should be recalled back into the starting XI for Botafogo, after he was reduced to a substitute appearance last time out, while new signing Marcal will make a first home appearance for Fogo on Sunday.

Braga loanee Lucas Piazon will be vying to feature from the outset on the wing.

Athletico Paranaense news

Midfielder David Terans has largely inspired the Athletico Paranaense attack so far this season, having scored seven goals and provided two assists in 16 league appearances.

Tomas Cuello and Agustin Canobbio should also keep their spots on the wings after scoring alongside Terans in the 4-1 victory last time out.

Prediction and Odds

Athletico Paranaense head into the contest with renewed confidence following their return to winning ways, and we feel that they will have an upper hand in this fixture.

They take on Botafogo at a good time with the hosts struggling for form, and we are expecting an away victory on Sunday.

Odds: 2.88 2.10 1.88

Probable outcomes

Botafogo 0-2 Athletico Paranaense

Botafogo 1-2 Athletico Paranaense

Botafogo 0-3 Athletico Paranaense

Botafogo 1-3 Athletico Paranaense

Botafogo 1-4 Athletico Paranaense

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