Flamengo and Corinthians measure their strength at Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã), in a meeting for the Brazil Cup (Semifinals). At this stage, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which has 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 games. However, the last time they met at this stadium was on 23-10-2016, in a match for Brasileirão Serie A that ended in a tie for (2-2). The goals of the match were scored by P. Guerrero (15 'and 59') for Flamengo and Guilherme (6 ') and Rodriguinho (45') for Corinthians. In this match the home factor can play an important role, since both teams present significant differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
Analysis of Flamengo
Until reaching this stage of the Brazil Cup (Semifinals), the home team had to eliminate: Grêmio and Ponte Preta. This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this meeting after a defeat away with Internacional by (2-1). Flamengo won 7 and lost 3 of their last 10 home games for all competitions.
In this competition, he has not lost any of his last 4 matches. Defensive solidity has been one of his strengths as he has conceded only 1 of the last 4 games and his attack has scored regularly as he has scored goals in 3 of the last 4 games in this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never managed to turn the score. In the last 20 home games in all competitions there are 1 highlights: he has 3 of his 8 goals between minutes (31'-45 ').
Flamengo is a club that has won three World Cup titles, being the last title defeated in 2009, having won five Serie A titles in the Brazilian Championship and a Copa Libertadores title won in 1981. This season, the team has been making a good campaign within the Brazilian Cup, adding two wins and two draws in the previous phases that competed for the competition. In the last five games that Flamengo played as principal, counting all competitions, in four of them the team scored their goals and won. I believe that in this match Flamengo, who can play very well inside the Maracanã, will again have a predominance in front of his opponent and will leave with a positive result seeking an advantage in this first leg.
Analysis of Corinthians
The visiting team arrives in this phase of the Brazil Cup (Semifinals) after having played previous qualifiers with: Chapecoense and Vitória. This is a team affected by the home factor, stronger when played with the support of their fans, since in the last 30 games has recorded 4 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses as a visitor, with a total of 21 goals scored and 18 conceded. Already inside the home, he won 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses, with a total of 16 goals scored and 7 conceded. The team arrives in this match after a defeat away with Ceará by (2-1). In the last 10 matches played in all competitions, Corinthians won 2 and lost 8. The defense has been in good shape and has only conceded goals in 1 of the last 4 games, and his attack has scored regularly, since he managed to materialize in 3 of the last 4 games in this competition. In his away games there is a tendency to few goals, since 29 of his last 70 games finished with Less than 1.5 goals and 48 in 70 finished with Less than 2.5 goals. In 15 games, he only managed 1 turn on the scoreboard in the 6 games in which he conceded the first goal. There are 2 periods in the last 20 matches played as a visitor for all competitions: he scored 12 of his 27 goals between the minutes (76'-90 '); suffered 8 of his 22 goals in the minutes (76'-90 ').
Corinthians is a very traditional club, seven times champion of the Brazilian Championship of the Series A, being the current Brazilian champion, since it was champion in 2017. In addition the club has three Brazilian Cup titles, twenty-nine Paulista Championship titles, including 2018. His international titles are a Copa Libertadores, a South American Cup Winners' Cup and two FIFA World Cups. Corinthians has also been competing in the Brazilian Championship of the Series A of 2018 and does not come well, being only the eighth place. The Copa do Brasil really is the great hope of the club to reach a vacancy for the next Copa Libertadores, in addition, the Brazilian Cup rewards the champion very well, but the mission will be very difficult, will have to face Flamengo, a team that comes a lot well this season and playing inside the Maracanã is even stronger, most likely Corinthians will not be able to beat Flamengo in Maracanã.