America MG - Botafogo:
America MG is experiencing a terrible moment, they have not won for five rounds, (4L, 1D), in the championship and coach is already under pressure, contested by fans.
Team has fallen into relegation zone, in 17th place with 15 points together with Coritiba.
I do not think cup commitment against Botafogo will be an easy match.
Coach Mancini has stated that he will make many changes for this match, meaning he will take field with a mixed formation.
Attack is one of areas that may have changes, as Coelho has not scored in five games.
First of all, controversy starts with goalkeeper, Jailson returns after tonsillitis, but goalkeeper Cavichioli has so far churned out some formidable performances, especially last Saturday.
There are still injuries and disqualifications so coach has often had difficulty in fielding the best line-up.
Those who have regained form is striker Pedrinho, who played well against Flamengo, and could play against Botafogo, another solution could be Matheusinho.
For the match against Botafogo, Coelho continues with absences in defence:
Germán Conti (defender 2/0, cup) and Maidana (defender 1/0, cup), are still injured.
On the other hand, Botafogo seem to have bounced back in a big way, after two consecutive defeats against Palmeiras and Avai, the team had plunged into relegation zone, but soon afterwards they obtained two important consecutive victories against São Paulo (1-0) and away against Internacional (2-3), which led them to make a big leap in standings, now occupying 10th place with 18 points, previous home defeat (0-1) against Fluminense also kept Fogao in the top positions.
Another important fact is that Botafogo, newly promoted, confirms itself as an away team, it has already obtained three important victories against Internacional (2-3), and has won at Maracanà against Flamengo (0-1) and Ceara (1-3).
Botafogo have two absentees for the first leg against América-MG, in the round of 16 of tCopa do Brasil.
Erikson (Striker 0/0, Cup), with lumbago, and Lucas Piazon (Midfielder 1/0, Cup), who dislocated his shoulder in clash with Inter 10 days ago, have not recovered in time for the away match in Belo Horizonte, however, they are long-term injuries.
On the other hand, there will be an important return, that of key midfielder Diego Gonsalves (Midfielder 1/0, Cup), after a three-week absence due to a muscular injury to the back of thigh.
His last game was on 6 June, against Goiás, in the Brasileirão.
However, nothing can be done here, Botafogo will not be able to count on Víctor Cuesta (Defender 1/0, Cup) and Oyama (Midfielder 2/0, Cup), who have already played for Copa do Brasil - at Inter and Mirassol respectively - and will not be able to return to field in competition to defend another jersey, as per the regulations.
In a better moment of form, while America MG, has the thought of the league in getting out of relegation zone, also for an economic reason, there are big revenues for the passage of round, Botafogo can afford to think about the cup since relegation zone is currently out, with less problems and disputes I believe that Botafogo can get a good result here and why not come close to big score as it has already happened with likes of Flamengo and Internacional, very strong teams in Brasileirao.
Friends, good luck, tonight Botafogo will not disappoint us.