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May 15, 2021 at 3.30pm UK at Estádio de São Luís
FarenseSC Farense
1-0
TondelaTondela
Gauld (79' pen.)
Queta (64'), Abner (90+7'), Beto (90+9'), Nogueira (90+10')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Olabe (66'), Agra (77')
Agra (80')

Preview: SC Farense vs. Tondela - prediction, team news, lineups

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

With two games of the domestic season left to play, SC Farense will look to break out of the bottom two of the Primeira Liga table on Saturday, as they welcome Tondela.

Having failed to win any of their last four games, Os Leoes de Faro find themselves three points adrift of automatic safety and two points behind Boavista in the relegation playoff place, meaning Jorge Costa's side will look to win both of their final two games to stand a real chance of avoiding the drop.


Match preview

Pako Ayestaran, now in charge of Tondela, pictured in 2016© Reuters

Farense suffered a heavy defeat last time out, as they took on Porto away from home with the chance to break out of the relegation zone.

The hosts took a three-goal lead inside 20 minutes through Mehdi Taremi, Antonio Martinez and Luis Diaz, and Farense's day was made even worse when winger Bilel Aouacheria was sent off after half an hour.

Taremi then got on the scoresheet again and Joao Mario added a fifth for Porto, before Lica netted a consolation goal for the visitors in the dying minutes.

That 5-1 defeat followed three consecutive draws for Farense, most recently being held by sixth-placed Vitoria de Guimaraes due to a late goal.

Jorge Costa's side went a goal down after just two minutes, but a Pedro Henrique brace meant that they led 2-1 for the majority of the game until Vitoria winger Ricardo Quaresma netted an equaliser in the 91st minute to force Os Leoes de Faro to share the points.

As a result of their disappointing recent form, Costa's men find themselves three points adrift of automatic safety, having failed to capitalise on other sides at the bottom of the table dropping points.

They are not yet condemned to relegation though, as a win could see them move ahead of Boavista in the relegation playoff place and Rio Ave in 15th spot, depending on other results.

They take on a Tondela side who will look to bounce back from a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Belenenses in a mid-table clash last time out.

Mario Gonzalez put CDT Auriverdes ahead in the third minute, but a Mateo Cassierra brace and a Miguel Cardoso penalty turned the game on its head, sealing a comfortable victory for the visitors.

That meant that Pako Ayestaran's side have picked up just two points from their last four league outings, having only drawn with strugglers Famalicao and Boavista.

As a result, CDT Auriverdes have dropped into the bottom half of the Primeira Liga table, now sitting in 12th spot, although they remain only four points behind seventh-placed Santa Clara.

While they are by no means threatened by the drop, Ayestaran's side will be hoping to break their four-game winless run to climb back up the table in the last two games to achieve a more creditable finish in the top half.

SC Farense Primeira Liga form:
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L

Tondela Primeira Liga form:
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L



Team News

SC Farense come into this game without winger Bilel Aouacheria, who will miss out through suspension after his red card last time out.

In his absence, Madi Queta and Fabricio Isidoro will battle for the spot on the right-hand side, joining Lica, Ryan Gauld and Pedro Henrique in the attacking line.

Gauld has been the talisman for Farense this season, registering eight goals and seven assists in 31 top-flight appearances.

The only other absentee should be goalkeeper Rafael Defendi, and veteran Beto has stepped into the side since his injury.

Tondela should come into this game with a full squad to choose from, with no new injury concerns for Ayestaran to deal with.

Their line will be led by Mario Gonzalez, who has taken his tally to 15 league goals for the season with six goals in his last six Primeira Liga outings.

At the other end of the pitch, Yohan Tavares and Enzo Martinez Suarez should partner up at the heart of the defence again, despite conceding three goals to Beleneneses last time out.

SC Farense possible starting lineup:
Beto; Tavares, Cesar, Scheid, Abner; Lucca, Oudrhiri; Lica, Gauld, Isidoro; Henrique

Tondela possible starting lineup:
Trigueira; Almeida, Tavares, Suarez, Ferreira; Pedro, Grau; Agra, Olabe, Barbosa; Gonzalez


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We say: SC Farense 2-1 Tondela

Considering their requirement for a victory and Tondela's poor result last time out, we fancy Farense to seal a crucial win on Saturday.

Costa's men will be desperate to bounce back from the heavy defeat to Porto, and Saturday's home game presents a good opportunity to pick up a result against a side who have little to play for in the league.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CSporting Lisbon34267165204585
2Porto34248274294580
3Benfica34237469274276
4Braga34197853332064
5Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira34158114041-153
6Santa ClaraSanta Clara34137144436846
7Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes34127153744-743
8MoreirenseMoreirense341013113743-643
9FamalicaoFamalicao341010144048-840
10BelenensesBelenenses34913122535-1040
11Gil Vicente34116173342-939
12TondelaTondela34106183657-2136
13BoavistaBoavista34812143949-1036
14PortimonensePortimonense3498173441-735
15Maritimo34105192747-2035
RRio AveRio Ave34713142540-1534
RSC FarenseFarense34710173148-1731
RNacional3467213059-2925

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