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Mar 6, 2021 at 3.30pm UK at Estadio Municipal
PortimonensePortimonense
3-0
TondelaTondela
Beto (14', 54'), Boa Morte (35')
Anzai (75')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Olabe (65')

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

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

Portimonense host Tondela in a mid-table scrap in the Primeira Liga at the Estadio Municipal on Saturday.

Portimonense are looking to push up the league ladder at home as they sit 13th in the table, just two points above the congested relegation zone.


Match preview

Portimonense's Beto celebrates scoring their first goal in December 2020© Reuters

Portimonense are coming into this match off the back of a grinding 0-0 draw with rivals Maritimo in their last match.

Results have been up and down for the club over the past two months, with just one win from their past seven matches.

However, in that period Portimonense have at least shown some resilience by picking up three draws during that stretch.

Their opponents, Tondela, remain in ninth spot on the ladder but are just four points above Portimonense.

Portimonense's Dener celebrates scoring against Benfica in June 2020© Reuters
Auriverdes have claimed seven wins from their 21 fixtures this season, but possess a worse defensive record than Portimonense after conceding eight more goals in total so far in 2020-21.

However, their last match was a gritty 1-0 result over Gil Vicente, with Joao Pedro scoring the winner.

The Gold and Greens have won two of their past three league games, but have been far from prolific up front, with their goal return of 22 from 21 fixtures one of the lowest in Portugal.

Tondela will want to end their horrible run of away form that stretches now to eight defeats in a row.

Indeed, Auriverdes are the only team not to have won a single away game in the Primeira Liga this season.

Portimonense Primeira Liga form: LLDWLD

Tondela Primeira Liga form: WLLWLW


Team News

Tondela players challenge for the all against Benfica in June 2020© Reuters

For Portimonense both Lucas Possignolo and Lucas Fernandes are unavailable through injury.

There is also injury clouds over both Ricardo Ferreira and Ewerton.

Beto and Aylton Boa Morte remain the two key attacking weapons for the club, with the pair contributing five and three goals respectively in this campaign to date.

Tondela are likely to be without Bebeto, with Pako Ayestaran tipped to replace him in the starting XI.

Portimonense possible starting lineup:
Samuel; Moufi, Willyan, Lucas, Cande; Ewerton, Sa, Dener; Morte, Moreira, Salmani

Tondela possible starting lineup:
Niasse; Ferreira, Tavares, Martinez, Almeida; Agra, Grau, Pedro, Olabe; Murillo, Gonzalez


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We say: Portimonense 1-1 Tondela


These two sides are evenly matched with not a lot separating them. Both have found it hard to secure victories, with a draw the most likely result.


Top tip

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Lisbon28217051153670
2Porto28206257243366
3Benfica28186454203460
4Braga28184649282158
5Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira28135103334-144
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes28115123136-538
7Santa ClaraSanta Clara28106123330336
8MoreirenseMoreirense2881192835-735
9TondelaTondela28104143045-1534
10PortimonensePortimonense2895143236-432
11BelenensesBelenenses2861391926-731
12Gil Vicente2894152737-1031
13FamalicaoFamalicao2879123039-930
14Rio AveRio Ave28611112232-1029
15BoavistaBoavista28610123242-1028
16Maritimo2883172340-1727
17SC FarenseFarense2867152636-1025
18Nacional2856172547-2221

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