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Feb 28, 2021 at 5.30pm UK at Estádio João Cardoso
TondelaTondela
1-0
Gil VicenteGil Vicente
Pedro (5' pen.)
Agra (61')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Fernandes (2')

Preview: Tondela vs. Gil Vicente - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Primeira Liga clash between Tondela and Gil Vicente, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Tondela will be aiming to move into the top half of the Primeira Liga when they welcome Gil Vicente to the Joao Cardoso Stadium on Sunday.

The visitors will come into this tie on the back of a 1-0 victory over 10-man Santa Clara, which saw them move out of the relegation playoff spot and into 14th place, while the hosts are 12th, after picking up six wins from 20 games.


Match preview

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

Midway through the 2020-21 Primeira Liga campaign, both Tondela and Gil Vicente have struggled to get into gear, and they are currently only four and two points respectively above the automatic relegation zone.

After a quick resurgence with three wins from five matches in January, Tondela began February with back-to-back losses, falling to a 2-1 defeat away from home to both Pacos de Ferreira and Rio Ave.

Pako Ayestaran's men bounced back to winning ways in the following outing, as Jhon Murillo and Mario Gonzalez scored in each half to give CDT Auriverdes a 2-1 win over Maritimo on home turf.

However, the hosts were sent crashing down to earth last time out when they fell to a 4-2 loss to third-placed Braga at the Estadio Joao Cardoso.

Goals from Joao Novais, Ricardo Horta and a brace from Lucas Piazon put Braga up by four goals, before substitutes Joao Jaquite and Souleymane Anne scored in the final 10 minutes of the game to half the deficit.

Gil Vicente, on the other hand, grabbed a much-needed win over Santa Clara last week, ending their run of consecutive losses to Sporting Lisbon and Portimonense.

In a match where Santa Clara finished with 10 men, 28-year-old midfielder Pedrinho scored a 93rd-minute penalty to give Ricardo Soares's men a 1-0 win and push them out of the relegation zone.

The Roosters have scored the joint-fewest goals in the league with 16 in 20 matches, and they come into this clash struggling on the road. They are ranked 14th in the away form table with one win and six defeats in nine such outings.

However, they are unbeaten against Tondela in their last four meetings, with two wins and two draws dating back to their Taca de Portugal contest back in 2015.

Their last meeting came in September, when Filipe Ferreira's 58th-minute strike cancelled out Samuel Lino's opener to give Vicente a 1-1 draw.

Tondela Primeira Liga form: LWLLWL

Gil Vicente Primeira Liga form: LLWLLW
Gil Vicente form (all competitions): LLLWLL


Team News

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

Tondela goalkeeper Joel Sousa will sit out this tie as he is in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus last week, but Ayestaran has a full strength squad to pick from other than that.

However, the 58-year-old coach could make some changes to the starting XI that lost to Braga last time out.

Senegalese goalkeeper Babacar Niasse could return between the sticks for the visitors after Pedro Trigueira failed to impress against the Arcebispos.

Jhon Murillo and Pedro Augusto are both one booking away from a match suspension, and they could sit out this tie, meaning Roberto Olabe and Telmo Arcanjo could be given the nod.

On the other hand, Gil Vicente will be without Miullen, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Club captain Ruben Fernandes and Rodrigao could once again pair up in defence, as Ygor Nogueira still recovers from a slight injury picked up following the clash with Portimonense.

Tondela possible starting lineup:
Denis; Paulinho, Rodrigao, Fernandes, Gomes; Pedrinho, Mineiro, Goncalves; Fujimoto, Lino, Lourency

Gil Vicente possible starting lineup:
Niasse; Bebeto, Medioub, Suarez, Ferreira; Pedro, Grau, Augusto; Agra, Gonzalez, Murillo


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We say: Tondela 1-0 Gil Vicente

Gil Vicente are currently on a poor run on the road, and they take on a Tondela side who have been solid at the Joao Cardoso Stadium. They have picked up 20 points from 10 games on home turf and considering the visitors' poor scoring record, we predict the hosts will grab all three points with a clean sheet.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Lisbon27216049133669
2Porto27196256243263
3Benfica27176449193057
4Braga27174647272055
5Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira2713593332144
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes28125113235-341
7Santa ClaraSanta Clara28105133331235
8TondelaTondela28104143146-1534
9MoreirenseMoreirense28810103038-834
10PortimonensePortimonense2795133131032
11Gil Vicente2794142734-731
12BelenensesBelenenses2761291724-730
13Rio AveRio Ave27611102231-929
14BoavistaBoavista27610113140-928
15FamalicaoFamalicao2769122739-1227
16Maritimo2773172240-1824
17SC FarenseFarense2757152436-1222
18Nacional2756162445-2121

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