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

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

Seeking to snap their four-game losing streak across all competitions, Pacos de Ferreira play host to Gil Vicente at the Estadio Capital do Movel Stadium on Friday.

The visitors, meanwhile, head into the game unbeaten in each of their last four Primeira Liga outings and will be aiming to keep the juggernaut rolling.


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Gil Vicente's Samuel Lino in action in December 2020© Reuters

Pacos de Ferreira have fallen off the pace since securing an impressive fifth-placed finish in the Primeira Liga last term as they now find themselves 13th on the log and risk dropping into the relegation places as they sit just three points above rock-bottom Belenenses.

A major cause for this decline has been their struggles on home turf this season as they are ranked the third-worst team at home with just one win and six points from seven games.

Jorge Simao's side head into Friday's game fresh off the back of yet another home defeat as Vitoria de Guimaraes fought back from one goal down to secure a late win last Saturday.

In that encounter, Brazilian forward Denilson struck shortly after the half-hour mark to hand the hosts the lead heading into the interval before Oscar Estupinan and Bruno Duarte scored in the final 20 minutes to turn the game on its head.

Pacos de Ferreira have now lost each of their most recent four games, while they have failed to pick up a win in their last seven, stretching back to a 3-0 victory over Aguias Moradal in the Taca de Portugal back in October.

Gil Vicente players Rodrigao and Denis challenge for the ball in July 2020© Reuters

Meanwhile, Gil Vicente returned to winning ways in emphatic style as they steamrolled struggling Famalicao 4-0 at the Estadio Cidade de Barcelos.

Kanya Fujimoto, Fran Navarro and Murilo netted in the opening 40 minutes to put the Gilistas in a commanding lead heading into the break before Navarro capped off a brilliant team performance with his second of the game in the 76th minute.

Ricardo Soares's men are now unbeaten in the league since ending their run of seven games without a win, picking up two wins and two draws, while scoring nine goals and conceding four.

This upturn in form has seen Gil Vicente rise to eighth place in the Primeira Liga table, four points behind the Conference League qualification spot, after claiming 17 points from eight games.

Pacos de Ferreira follow this game with a trip to the Estadio Joao Cardoso to take on Tondela, while Gil Vicente face the stern test of going up against reigning champions Sporting Lisbon.

Pacos de Ferreira Primeira Liga form:
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Pacos de Ferreira form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

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

Gil Vicente form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • W


Team News

Pacos de Ferreira coach Jorge Simao pictured in August 2021© Reuters

Pacos de Ferreira will take to the pitch without the services of Joao Vigario as he continues his lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee problem back in August.

Helder Ferreira is also a doubt for the hosts after the Portuguese forward hobbled off injured six minutes after the hour mark in the defeat against Vitoria de Guimaraes last time out.

Denilson was handed his first start in six games last time out and the Brazilian forward staked his claim for a second consecutive start as he capped off an impressive performance with a goal.

Gil Vicente, on the other hand, remain without the services of Brazilian midfielder Joao Afonso, who continues his long journey to full fitness after sustaining a severe injury back in April.

Following his side's dominant performance against Famalicao last time out, Soares could make little or no change to his starting XI on Friday, meaning we could see Fran Navarro spearhead the attack once again.

With his brace in the aforementioned game, the Spanish forward now has nine goals in 12 appearances this season and he will definitely be one to place an eye on in this game.

Pacos de Ferreira possible starting lineup:
Vekic; Antunes, Maracas, Ramos, Fonseca; Pires, Ibrahim, Santos; Delgado, Ze Uilton, Denilson

Gil Vicente possible starting lineup:
Frelih; Hackman, Silva, Fernandes, Talocha; Aburjania, Pedrinho, Fujimoto; Murilo, Navarro, Lino


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We say: Pacos de Ferreira 1-2 Gil Vicente

Gil Vicente will head into the game in sky-high confidence following their impressive win over Famalicao last time out. They appear to have found their rhythm and we are tipping them to come away with all three points against an out-of-sorts Pacos de Ferreira side.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Porto18162048123650
2Sporting Lisbon18152134102447
3Benfica18132350163441
4Braga1895432191332
5Gil Vicente187652721627
6Estoril PraiaEstoril176742319425
7PortimonensePortimonense187471919025
8Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes186662521424
9Maritimo186572327-423
10BoavistaBoavista183962028-818
11Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira184681322-918
12TondelaTondela1852112436-1217
13Santa ClaraSanta Clara184591936-1717
14MoreirenseMoreirense183781827-916
15FamalicaoFamalicao183782232-1016
16Vizela183781630-1416
17AroucaArouca173591733-1614
18BelenensesBelenenses1825111032-2211

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