Guimaraes vs Belenenses by Jimeno
Guimaraes couldn't do much more in their defeat last weekend as the team visited Porto and stood defeated with a 3:0 result, outcome that was more than expected. They had a bit passive role, expected as well, but the difference wasn't that huge on the field and maybe a two goal defeat would have been a bit more fairer outcome to players of Guimaraes.
Still, they failed to do something more in attack and were punished accordingly, with goals from Marcano in 38th, Torres in 46th and with an own goal in 55th minute of the match. Still, nobody will be disappointed with that result, as the team actually has quite decent start with two victories and two defeats (completely expected defeats to Braga and Porto). They won over Ferreira 5:3 in previous home match and are expected also to get into this one with strong determination to attack from the first minute.
Home side should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Tiquinho probably as central striker and Hurtado, Mensah and Marega as offensive midfielders. Offensive Marega is back after missing their match against Porto and will be used from the first minute. Left midfielder Raphinha (4/1) is injured and won't be available.
Belenenses, on the other side, is also having a very good start in the new season, as the team currently stands at sixth position together with Rio Ave, having two victories, a draw and a defeat. They are coming from two consecutive victories, most recently at home against Nacional 2:1 last weekend.
However, needs to be said that not everything went good for them from the start, since Nacional took the lead in seventh minute via Bonilla, but also stood playing with a man less at the start of the second halftime which was exploited well by Belenenses with goals from Camara in 65th from a penalty kick and an own goal from Bonilla six minutes till the end of time. No doubt that the visitors are coming here morale boosted now and that they will be looking to surprise the opponent and stay undefeated at least.
Visitors from Belenenses should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Caeiro and Camara as strikers. Central back duo is back, since Domingues Duarte returnrs from suspension. Miguel Rosa is doubtful for tonight's game since he has a muscle injury, with Gerso probably stepping to replace him. Defender Goncalo Silva remains long term absentee.
- Vitoria de Guimaraes are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 home matches against Belenenses.
Guimaraes is expected to attack here and the team has more than solid quality in offensive line. Belenenses is far away from a real underdog here and I expect them to respond in offensive way as well. Odds are too good to be missed this time.