Cruzeiro (MG) is a Minas Gerais team that has already won four Brazilian Serie A titles, the most recent title being won in 2014, besides having five Brazilian Cup titles, including the one conquered in 2017. In the current season of the Brazilian Championship of Series A, the team has been doing a relatively good campaign, being currently in seventh place. For the Brazilian Cup, the team eliminated Santos in the last 16 after winning the first game by 0-1 at the opponent's stadium and after losing by 1-2 at home, won on penalties. Now in the Semifinals, Cruzeiro (MG) won at the opponent's field by 0-1 in the first match and now will face Palmeiras to try to secure the place in the great final of the competition.
Flamengo is a team that has five Serie A titles in the Brazilian Championship, the latter being won in 2009, besides three Brazilian Cups titles and a Copa Libertadores title won in 1981. In the current 2018 season, the team has been making a good campaign being in the fourth place. For the Brazilian Cup, the team reached the semifinal after beating the strong Gremio with a draw in Rio Grande do Sul by 1-1 and then with a victory in Maracana by 1-0. Flamengo reaches this semi-final with great confidence and will have to overcome Corinthians Paulista (SP)'s strong defensive sector. We believe that Corinthians Paulista (SP) will be very protective and we will have a scoreless first half or at most one goal scored.