Estoril continues with more than poor results at the moment, now having eleven matches without a victory in all competitions, as the side comes from a draw finally, away from home taking a point in a goalless game against Maritimo last weekend. This was their first draw after ten defeats, so it can be regarded as a positive outcome for a side that lost nine matches in a run.
Not only that, they looked better than the opponents, having a bit more of the ball possession and being generally pretty decent with the ball to their feet and chances created, but the goal never came. The side remained at the rock bottom position now, having three points less than safely placed Setubal and with plenty of chances to reach safe zone till the end – but some kind of reaction will be needed in case the side continues with a winless streak.
Home team will be playing in a version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Kleber as central striker, plus Aguilar, Claro and Andrade as offensive midfielders. Defender Thiago Cardoso is doubtful, but anyway without performing so far in the season due knee injury. Central defenders Goncalo Brandao (4/0), Lucao (5/0), left back Abner (4/0) and right back Mano (8/0) should all be sidelined with injuries.
Portimonense, on the other side, comes from a very solid performance in front of own crowd, winning the match against Tondela with a 2:0 result last Saturday afternoon. The team is one of positive surprises in Primeira this season, not only because of their recent undefeated run, but also due the fact that they have shown very stable performances against best sides in the country as well.
Tondela didn’t have much chances to stay undefeated there, as Nakajima opened up the scoreline in 31st minute but the hosts remained being better even after the lead and sealed the victory with a second goal frmo Nakajima in 76th minute in a bit more open second halftime as both teams had decent chances. They are undefeated now in last five matches, climbing up to tenth position at the table and being more than solid seven points above the relegation zone.
Visitors will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Dener, Nakajima and Fabricio as their most offensive players. Defensive midfielder Pedro Sa (11/1) is suspended for this one, while right back Ricardo Pessoa (8/0) remains injured. Macedo is back after serving suspension.
— Portimonense have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches.
Portimonense is slight favorite for me in this one, but the first betting choice will be goals for me. Visitors are in a nice form and playing open football no matter if it’s home or away, while Estoril comes from improved performance in previous round and will surely be trying to get all three points here. It’s something that promises open minded game with decent odds.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals