Grêmio and Flamengo meet this Sunday at Arena of Grêmio in Porto Alegre. This will be the 3rd match up between both sides this season, with Flamengo getting the edge over the Tricolor. The team from Rio de Janeiro secured a 3-1 home victory in their first league meeting and outscored their opponents in the semis of Libertadores by a 6-1 aggregate.
With 5 wins in their last 5 matches, Grêmio will try to avenge their defeat in the Semis of Libertadores. The only challenge left for the team this season is to secure their spot in the top 4 positions of Brasileirao. Grêmio is in 4th place, 4 points ahead Sao Paulo and with 6 matches left to play in the competition, the team will try to secure their spot in next year's Copa Libertadores. Grêmio comes from 4 wins in their last 5 home matches, with the last 3 matches showing impressive stats: 7 goals scored and just 1 conceded. Brazilian international Everton is the main target of Renato Gaucho's team.
Flamengo has been cruising in the League and seems almost impossible not to be crowned champions this season. After a frenetic 4-4 derby against Vasco last Wednesday, Flamengo will try to maintain their unbeaten run against one of the most powerful teams in Brasileirao. The Rubro Negro doesn't taste a defeat since early August, when they played at Bahia, and from that point on, the team won 19 of the 24 matches played in all competitions, with just 3 draws in their last 20-League matches. Historic numbers for a team that touched the sky since Jesus took charge. This game will be an absolute challenge for Flamengo, with the team facing numerous absences: Bruno Henrique, Gerson, and William Arão are suspended, while Rodrigo Caio, Pablo Marí, Filipe Luís and Rafinha will probably be rested. This is the last game Flamengo plays before the Finalof Copa Libertadores against River Plate, just 6 days after in Lima, Peru.
With numerous changes and the most important game to play in decades just 6 days after, Flamengo should expect difficulties to get a good result. However, the team has huge depth and despite the absences, there's still good options for Jorge Jesus.
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