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Nov 29, 2020 at 3pm UK at Estadio Municipal
PortimonensePortimonense
1-0
NacionalNacional
Fabricio (89' pen.)
Dener (36'), Luquinhas (62'), Sa (85')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Cesar (78')
Cesar (88')

Preview: Portimonense vs. Nacional - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Primeira Liga clash between Portimonense and Nacional, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Portimonense head into their Primeira Liga encounter with Nacional on Sunday sitting rock bottom of the table after seven matches.

Nacional, meanwhile, have lost only one of their opening eight games in all competitions and could move as high as fifth place with a victory away from home.


Match preview

Portimonense's Dener celebrates scoring against Benfica in June 2020© Reuters

Portimonense look destined for another relegation battle, with their poor start to the campaign seeing them lose five of their opening seven league games.

The Portimao-based side also lost their Taca de Portugal tie last weekend against third division outfit UD Leiria, who narrowly beat them by a 1-0 scoreline.

Paulo Sergio has an uphill task to get his side climbing the table away from danger but will feel that this weekend's match is a good opportunity to start picking up points.

Portimonense will take confidence from their last meeting with Nacional when they convincingly beat them 5-1 in the 2018-19 campaign.

Securing their second league victory on Sunday could see the home side climb three places up to 15th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone.

Nacional – who were crowned champions of the second tier last season – have alternated between relegation and promotion in each of the last four campaigns but will be hoping that their solid start in the Primeira Liga will give them a good platform to survive.

Luis Freire's side have lost only one of their opening seven top-flight matches, which was a 2-1 defeat away to Braga in October. They have also drawn four games and won the other two, including the 2-1 victory over Gil Vicente in their last league match.

Nacional head into Sunday's fixture after an entertaining tie in the Taca de Portugal, which saw them come from behind to win 3-2 in extra time against Casa Pia on Wednesday.

A victory against Portimonense would be the third in a row for the Funchal-based outfit and would also see them go five matches unbeaten in all competitions.

Portimonense Primeira Liga form: LLWLLL
Portimonense form (all competitions): LWLLLL

Nacional Primeira Liga form: WDLDDW
Nacional form (all competitions): DLDDWW


Team News

Portimonense midfielder Lucas Fernandes, who has played a major role for the club this season, has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Brazilian compatriot Luquinha is likely to come into the side as his replacement.

Defender Fahd Moufi and midfielder Pedro Sa are available and are both likely to start on Sunday.

Nacional right-back Kalindi remains out with a knee injury, while left-back Witi is also unavailable as he has tested positive for coronavirus. Joao Vigario is set to come into the starting lineup as his replacement.

Striker Brayan Riascos, who scored a brace in the 3-2 win over Casa Pia, is likely to start once again up front.

Portimonense possible starting lineup:
Samuel; Moufi, Antonio, Willyan, Cande; Dener, Luquinhas, Sa; Oliveira, Fabricio, Morte

Nacional possible starting lineup:
Guimaraes; Freitas, Henrique, Kal, Vigario; Azouni, Micael, Koziello; Gorre, Riascos, Camacho


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We say: Portimonense 0-2 Nacional

Portimonense are unbeaten in their last three encounters with Nacional and are desperate to pick up points, however the visitors have looked stronger in recent weeks and should have enough quality to defeat the hosts and move into the top five of the Primeira Liga table.


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How you voted: Portimonense vs Nacional

Portimonense
43.8%
Draw
25.0%
Nacional
31.3%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Lisbon1411303192236
2Benfica14102229141532
3Porto14102236171932
4Braga149052315827
5Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira147431912725
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes126241512320
7TondelaTondela144371323-1015
8Rio AveRio Ave143651016-615
9Santa ClaraSanta Clara134361216-415
10MoreirenseMoreirense133551015-514
11Maritimo134271518-314
12Nacional123451115-413
13Gil Vicente133461015-513
14SC FarenseFarense133371519-412
15BelenensesBelenenses13265611-512
16FamalicaoFamalicao132561424-1011
17BoavistaBoavista141851424-1011
18PortimonensePortimonense13328917-811

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