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Mar 19, 2021 at 8.30pm UK at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos
Gil VicenteGil Vicente
2-0
NacionalNacional
Marques (55'), Lino (71')
Afonso (44'), Nogueira (61')
Afonso (86')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Ramos (28'), Rochez (37'), Riascos (90+2')
Cesar (83')

Preview: Gil Vicente vs. Nacional - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Primeira Liga clash between Gil Vicente and Nacional, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Nacional will be looking to break a run of five consecutive league losses on Friday when they travel to Gil Vicente, who sit one point above them in the Primeira Liga table.

Both sides will be desperate to put more distance between themselves and the relegation zone, as 16th-placed Boavista sit level on points with Nacional, and one point behind the hosts.


Match preview

Gil Vicente got back to winning ways last time out, as Pedro Marques, Lourency, Talocha and Lucas Mineiro fired them to an impressive 4-2 victory away at Vitoria de Guimaraes.

That followed two consecutive defeats for Ricardo Soares's side, as they fell to a 1-0 loss away to Tondela followed by a 2-0 home defeat to second-placed Porto.

While they do sit 13th in the Portuguese top flight, Gil Vicente are by no means in a comfortable position with just one point between themselves and Boavista in the relegation playoff place, and two points separating them from the automatic drop zone.

Os Gilistas' struggles this season have largely been down to a weak attacking record, with only two sides in the division netting fewer than the 20 goals they have scored from 23 matches.

However, that recent 4-2 victory definitely shows signs of improvements for Soares's men, and he will hope to continue that with what would be a crucial win on Friday evening.

They take on a Nacional side who will be desperately searching for a win of their own, having lost their last five league matches.

Having previously sat comfortably in the middle of the Primeira Liga table, Luis Freire's side are now dangerously close to the relegation zone, with just one point between themselves and Famalicao in the automatic relegation zone.

In their last game, Os Alvinegros suffered a 2-1 defeat to basement side Maritimo, as Rodrigo Pinho netted a brace following Kenji Gorre's opener to put his side level on points with Nacional.

That defeat moved them even closer to danger, with a rival in the battle for survival picking up a crucial three points, and Freire will be desperate to not let that happen again as they look to reverse their fortunes with a win over Gil Vicente.

Gil Vicente Primeira Liga form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

Nacional Primeira Liga form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L


Team News

Gil Vicente have managed to keep a fit squad throughout the season, with young forward Miullen remaining their only injury concern.

Attackers Lourency and Pedro Marques will look to build on goals last time out, having struggled to find the net so far this season.

Soares could keep his side unchanged from their last game, given the impressive performance last time out.

Similarly, Nacional have managed to avoid any major injury concerns, with Freire having a full squad to pick from for this game.

His midfield will be boosted by the return of Ruben Micael, who served a suspension last time out after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign.

Gil Vicente possible starting lineup:
Denis; Pereira, Nogueira, Fernandes, Talocha; Mineiro, Afonso, Goncalves; Fujimoto, Marques, Lourency

Nacional possible starting lineup:
Piscitelli; De Souza, Cesar, Kal, Witi; Ramos, Borges, Koziello; Gorre, Riascos, Matias


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We say: Gil Vicente 2-1 Nacional

Nacional look devoid of any confidence right now, and even given the importance of this game, we cannot see them recording a win on Friday.

Despite a mixed run of recent form, Gil Vicente will come in with some confidence following an impressive victory last time out, and they will fancy themselves to record a crucial victory over a struggling Nacional outfit.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Lisbon32257057154282
2Porto32228267293874
3Benfica32217462233970
4Braga33196853332063
5Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira33148113739-250
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes32126143641-542
7MoreirenseMoreirense33913113443-940
8Santa ClaraSanta Clara32117143836240
9BelenensesBelenenses32913102529-440
10Gil Vicente33116163240-839
11FamalicaoFamalicao32910133745-837
12TondelaTondela32106163453-1936
13PortimonensePortimonense3297163440-634
14Maritimo32104182642-1634
15Rio AveRio Ave32613132336-1331
16BoavistaBoavista32612143648-1230
17SC FarenseFarense32610163044-1428
18Nacional3267192954-2525

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