When Flamengo takes on Chapecoense at the Maracan Stadium on Sunday, they risk falling out of the Copa Sudamericana qualification places in the Serie A table.
In their last two games, they have failed to pick up a point, while the struggling visitors have yet to win in the league this season.
Flamengo appear to have ran out of steam after going on a four-game winning streak across all competitions at the start of the season.
Rogério Ceni’s side has now lost four of their past six games, including a 2-1 loss to Atletico Mineiro last time out.
This came after a tight 1-0 loss to Fluminense in the ninth round of the Serie A season.
Flamengo has dropped to 12th place in the league rankings, level on points with Juventude and barely outside of the final Copa Sudamericana qualifying berth.
In the meantime, Chapecoense’s terrible trend continued last time out as they were defeated 1-0 by Corinthians.
Chapecoense’s defeat was their third in a row, and they have yet to win in the league this season.
They have the league’s worst defensive record, with 18 goals conceded, and this is a key source of their problems.
Predicted XI for Flamengo vs Chapecoense
Diego Alves; Felipe Luis, Rodrigo Caio, Willian Arao, Matheuzinho; Gerson, Hugo Moura; Michael, Bruno Henrique, Arao; Rodrigo Muniz; Flamengo Predicted XI (4-2-3-1)
Joao Paulo; Derlan, Felipe Santane, Ignacio; Mancha, Lima, Ravanelli, Matheus Ribeiro; Fernandinho, Mike; Anselmo; Chapecoense Predicted XI (3-4-2-1):
Prediction for Flamengo versus Chapecoense
Despite both struggling for results in recent weeks, Flamengo have been the better side so far. Chapecoense are winless in the league this season, a run stretching back nine games.
We predict Flamengo will return to winning ways as they have been dominant against Chapecoense in this fixture.