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Jan 24, 2021 at 3pm UK at Estadio dos Barreiros
MaritimoMaritimo
0-3
Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira

Africo (38'), Bambock (40')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Costa (29'), Carlos (48'), Singh (85')
Fonseca (43'), Ferreira (61'), Singh (77')

Preview: Maritimo vs. Pacos de Ferreira - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Primeira Liga clash between Maritimo and Pacos de Ferreira, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Maritimo entertain Pacos de Ferreira in the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Sunday afternoon, with both sides looking to extend their recent good form.

The hosts have been victorious on their last two outings, including an impressive 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon in the Taca de Portugal, while Pepa's men are on a five-game unbeaten run.


Match preview

Pacos de Ferreira head coach Pepa pictured in June 2020© Reuters

Os Verde-Rubros are currently sitting in eighth position in the Portuguese top flight after picking up 17 points from their opening 14 league matches.

Star striker Rodrigo Pinha has been the main man at the Estadio do Maritimo this season. The Brazilian forward has bagged 13 goals in 15 games in all competitions, but the South American will be unavailable after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 29-year-old scored the opener in Maritimo's shock cup victory over Sporting earlier in the month, and Jose Manuel Gomes's men built on that magnificent result last time out.

A 1-0 win over Gil Vicente on Sunday meant Gomes's side have lost just once in their last seven fixtures, meaning they will be full of confidence and belief heading into this one.

Pacos de Ferreira have been the surprise package in Portugal this campaign and occupy fifth spot after beating Braga in their most recent outing.

That victory made it three consecutive 2-0 wins for the Estadio da Mata Real outfit, who have gone 270 minutes without conceding a goal.

Their success throughout 2020-21 has been built on solid foundations. Os Castores have leaked just 12 Primeira Liga goals this season, meaning they have the joint-second best defence in the division.

It should be an intriguing matchup to see how Maritimo cope without the man who has scored nearly half of their league goals when facing one of the nation's best defensive units.

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Team News

Pacos de Ferreira head coach Pepa pictured in June 2020© Reuters

As previously stated, Maritimo will once again be without their key man Pinha after he contracted COVID-19. That means Felicio Milson is likely to keep his place up front after filling in admirably against Gil Vicente.

Centre-back Rene is also unavailable due to an ankle injury, while defensive midfielder Jean is serving a one-match suspension after accumulating too many yellow cards.

Pepa almost has the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from with 24-year-old full-back Jorge Silva the only absentee.

Winger Helder Ferreira bagged his first goal of the season last time out and will be hoping it is the start of a good run of form.

Maritimo possible starting lineup:
Abedzadeh; Africo, Andrade, Junior; Winck, Bambock, Moreno, Hermes; Guitane; Pinho, Joel

Pacos de Ferreira possible starting lineup:
Jordi; Uilton, Baixinho, Maracas, Fonseca; Costa, Eustaquio, Carlos; Singh, Tanque, Ferreira


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We say: Maritimo 2-2 Pacos de Ferreira

This should be an exciting matchup between two teams who will fancy their chances of taking all three points. We think they may be too evenly matched, though, and fancy them to share the spoils in a score draw.


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How you voted: Maritimo vs Pacos de Ferreira

Maritimo
37.5%
Draw
50.0%
Pacos de Ferreira
12.5%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Lisbon21174042103255
2Braga21151539211846
3Porto21136245222345
4Benfica21126335171842
5Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira2111552820838
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes2110562722535
7Santa ClaraSanta Clara218492323028
8MoreirenseMoreirense216872026-626
9TondelaTondela2173112234-1224
10BelenensesBelenenses2141071318-522
11Rio AveRio Ave215791625-922
12Nacional2156102028-821
13PortimonensePortimonense2155111826-820
14SC FarenseFarense2147102229-719
15Gil Vicente2154121627-1119
16FamalicaoFamalicao2147101832-1419
17Maritimo2153131930-1118
18BoavistaBoavista213992134-1318

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