Estoril vs Belenenses by Jimeno
Estoril now have entered really good form, as the side previously won in front of own fans against Tondela and Sporting without a single goal conceded, but also improved on the road and took a three pointer in away game last weekend winning over Moreirense narrowly 1:2.
The team has also showed quite a character, since they were down in the scoreline since tenth minute when the hosts took the lead via Toze, however there was no doubt that the visiting side looked better overall and had the dominance over the ball. Hosts even missed the penalty kick in 54th minute, while the guests finally managed to revert the scoreline in last twenty minutes via Allano and penalty taken by Eduardo.
Even though the victory came quite late, it surely was a deserved one as the players of Estoril simply outplayed the opponent this time. The side is now at fourteenth position with just two points more than relegating worried Moreirense and surely remain close to a must win situation.
Estoril should be playing in a version of 4-3-3 formation with Eduardo, Claro and Allano as forwards. Central defenders Goncalo Brandao (4/0) and Lucao (6/0), right back Mano (8/0) and left back Joel Ferreira (13/0) are sidelined with injuries.
Belenenses, on the other side, comes from yet another defeat, this time in front of own fans last Sunday afternoon when the team welcomed Aves and suffered 2:5 defeat. This was their 12th game in a row without a victory in Primeira and fifteenth consecutive game in all competitions without a single win.
Players of Aves simply had a great day, taking the lead already in second minute via Balde, something that made their game plan much easier. They scored three more in the first halftime (an own goal, goals from Elhouni and Machado from penalty kick), while the hosts only reduced via Tomas in 43rd minute.
Hosts struggled to find a way back into the match, but could only reduce once again in 86th from the penalty kick taken by Maurides, while Farina sealed the victory for Aves in 90th minute. The side now stands at thirteenth position with just two points more than relegating worried Moreirense and are surely awaiting difficult period in case they don't improve strongly soon enough.
Guests should be lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Maurides as central striker, plus Chaby, Bakic and Lica as offensive support. Goalkeeper Muriel (15/0) is injured, as well as defensive midfielder Bakary Bouba Sare (10/1) and midfielder Merlin Tandjigora (8/1).
- Belenenses have failed to score in their last 7 away matches (Liga NOS).
Estoril have won three in a row now and surely have lifted their morale even higher after last weekend's win over Moreirense. Belenenses, on the other side, is in quite awful form with just one victory in twelve rounds. Away fro home they have been especially disappointing and I definitely see the chances of Estoril being far higher than the current odds suggest.