Santos vs Flamengo by Isaiah

Santos avoided a fourth straight defeat, but again failed to win, staying at 0-0 at home against Sao Paulo, however, they had several absences as ten players were missing. They still remain very low in the league table, while they still maintaining a safe distance from the relegation zone, even if they are relatively close.

Anyway, for tonight's game they have finally some good squad news, as only two important players will miss the game, defender Dracena (18 games played, 3 goals) and midfielder Henrique (23 games played, 1 goal). Fucile, Miralles and Rafeal Galardo are still missing, but are not considered important as they played only a few number of matches so far. Good news also that main defender Bruno Rodrigo (20 games played, 1 goal), key striker Neymar (20 games played, 13 goals), main midfielder Arouca (29 games played) and main defender Juan (24 games played) are all back to the main eleven. Santos will start will Neymar and Andre in front line, their usual great striker duo.

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Flamengo suffered a third straight defeat, this time with the score of 3-0 away to Coritiba, conceding a goal in the first twenty minutes, and two more in the second half of the match. They have no win to the past five games, and they approaching dangerous the relegation zone, although they are still to a significant distance.

The atmosphere in the team is not good at all after the defeat to Coritiba, and a rumor released from the media that coach Dorival Junior attacked personally his players with offensive and abusive language to the locker rooms. Beyond that, the administration said that they support the coach.

Anyway, Flamengo have some important absentees for tonight's match. Second main striker of the team Renato Abreu (18 games played, 4 goals) is out injured, so the only quality striker available is Wagner Love. Main midfielder Airton (11 games played, 1 goal) is out injured too. Main defender Ramon (18 games, 1 goal), key midfielder Victor Caceres (18 games, 3 goals) and main defender Markos Gonzalez (19 games) were all in international duty, and it is doubtful whether they will manage to return in time to play.

Santos with Neymar and Andre in the lineup, are transformed to a better team and they can exploit the home advantage and return to victories, against a Flamengo side which is obvious that they have many problems.

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