Liga Sagres: Academica Olhanense
Academica lost away to Beira Mar two weekends ago, where Academica scored first with Marinho, Beira was better on several occasions, played very passionate to the second half and turned the match totally to their side getting the three points although they played with ten men from 59′ minute. The situation to Academica is very bad, as its very difficult to find a team that has 14 games without a victory. Their last win was back to December of 2011 (!), and they are currently just two points above dangerous relegation positions, and they have to win this one against nothing to play for Olhanense. The climate in the team is not good, they are in an awful period, and played a friendly against 2nd division team Aruca, where they lost too with the score of 2-1. Defender Orlando and midfielder Diogo are still out injured long term, while important midfielder Pape Saw is out too. Striker Eder is past for the club, while defender Abdulaye is missing with the U23 National Senegalese team.
Olhanense welcomed Pacos Ferreira to the previous match day. They did a better start and scored first in the 8th minute with a goal of Agra. Pacos equalized quickly and then created several phases, but the score did not changed until the end of the first half. To the second goal Pacos achieved the second goal and thereafter the score did not changed until the end. Olhanense will celebrate 100 years of life with the best possible way as they will remains in the division for third consecutive season, an uncommon achievement for a team that often played in lower divisions. In tonight’s match they descend without any stress, the stress is on the other hand, the opponent who wants to win to increase their difference from relegation places. Sergio Conceicao players are not intended however, to give points away and they will play to finish as high as possible in the league rankings. Main midfielder Rui Duarte returns from punishment, no other problems to their squad.
It is crazy to give such odds to a team that has to win for 14 games, a team that the last time they scored at home it was before 8 games, back to 12 of January against Oliveirense for Taca de Portugal (Cup). OK, they need points to move away from relegation zone, but from the other side we have a more talented team under the guidance of Sergio Conceicao, which already brought difficult times to more strong teams.
Bet: Olhanense +0.5 Asian Handicap @1.85 with Bet365