Flamengo vs Emelec Soccer Prediction Today
Thinking about the game this Wednesday, Rubro-negro decided to save players for the first time since coach Maurício Barbieri temporarily took over. This came at a high cost. On Sunday, May 13, in Chapecó, Flamengo was defeated by Chapecoense, 3-2.
The coach saw his unbeaten run at the helm of the club halted after eight games (four wins and four draws). The club also lost the isolated leadership of the Brasileirão. With ten points (three wins, one draw and one loss), he goes ahead. But they won the company of Corinthians and Atlético-MG, who reached the same score, however, are behind when the tiebreaker criteria are used.
Barbieri has confirmed that midfielder Diego will be scheduled for Wednesday’s game. The player was the target of protests from the fans in a moment of turmoil in the Libertadores and, supposedly coincidentally, did not play in three matches that the club did in Rio de Janeiro claiming injury. He returned to play in Chapecó and even though he did not perform well, he received a return of confidence from the coach.
After four defeats in five games, Emelec was able to overcome the Delfin, by 2 to 1, in a match played on Friday, May 11, by the Ecuadorian Championship. That did not change his situation in the tournament.
With 22 points (eight wins, two draws and three losses), he is in fourth place, as the top rivals have also won their games. Having a game against Independiente Del Vale, fifth placed with 20 points, in the next round at the rival’s home, there is the possibility that Argentine coach Alfredo Arias will not even use some of his most important players on Wednesday.
With the team eliminated from Libertadores, even the draw in Rio de Janeiro would not change their situation. To qualify for third place and a place in the Copa Sudamericana, Emelec will have to defeat Independiente de Medellín at home in the final round of the group stage.
With its starting team, the Maracanã probably crowded and technically superior, Flamengo is the best guessing option for the confrontation.
Prediction Today: Flamengo