Belenenses vs Boavista Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Belenenses and Boavista will wrap up first half of the 2017-18 Primeira Liga season when both sides are set to meet at the “Estádio do Restelo” in the Belém parish of Lisbon on Tuesday night, 9 January 2018. Guests from Porto are travelling to the capital area after a 1-3 home loss to Braga last Thursday, which was their first competitive match in the new year. Belenenses, on the other hand, began their 2018 journey with a goalless draw in Portimão and are yet waiting to win their first match since end of October.
The most recent meeting between both clubs was almost one year ago – in late-January 2017. Belenenses achieved a narrow success at the “Estádio do Bessa” in Porto, which actually was their second successive away win over Boavista. They both were with the same score (1-0) and in the same season.
Primeira Liga: Belenenses vs Boavista 09.01.2018
“The ones from Belém” are winless since late October when they’ve accomplished a 3-0 home win vs Moreirense. Domingos Paciência’s men fail to win and have 5 draws in 9 games (all competitions) ever since. This places them on six and seven points, repsectively, over the bottom two sides – Estoril and Vitoria Setubal. Nevertheless, that gap can be reduced since Belenenses play on Tuesday while some of the relegation pretenders have games on Monday.
Domingos Paciência must convert at least some of these draws into wins and a home game against a team in similar position seems to be a great opportunity for Belenenses. In fact “The ones from Belém” have won 14 out of 18 points at home turf, winning four times, losing once and conceding four goals only.
Boavista aren’t in a great shape but have been defeated by top teams for the most part. Against teams in similar situation, they have been largely dominant, even away from home, with 8 points from the last 5 Primeira Liga visits they had.
Jorge Simão’s men head to Belém after two home defeats against some of the top sides – Sporting CP and Braga, losing both 1-3. Nevertheless, Boavista represents much trickier challenge for all othes and “The Panthers” rarely lose to teams from second half of the table.
Team News and Missing Players
First choice goalkeeper Muriel and Gabonese midfielder Merlin Tandjigora are both injured, but Frenchman Vincent Sasso is back in contention for a starting place at the back. However, it might be too early for him to start so Goncalo Silva and Nuno Tomas are expected to build the centre-back duo of Belenenses.
Atletico Madrid loanee Moreira is already training with the team and will battle it out with Filipe Mendes for the position between the sticks.
Benny won a starting spot in midfield and had a solid game against Portimonense, so is likely to continue as an attacking midfielder. André Sousa and Hassan Yebda should both fill the central midfield line, while Fredy Ribeiro and Diogo Viana are favourites to push through the wings.
Boavista Porto FC
Senegalese captain Idrissa Mandiang is still out injured and central defender Robson will join him watching the game due to suspension, after being sent-off in last round’s defeat from Braga. Before the red card shown to Robson in closing part of the match score was still equal (1-1), but his sending off has obviously influenced the final outcome.
Right defender Edu Machado, winger Renato Santos and forward Ivan Bulos are the other absentees as they all recover from different injuries.
All missing players are in core of Boavista’s defensive formation and Jorge Simão should make some important changes there. Stephane Sparagna and Raphael Rossi will form the central line, while Carraça who usually starts on the right side can be moved in midfield. Thus Tiago Mesquita is expected to start as a right-back.
Meanwhile, experienced Angolan forward Mateus can replace Vitor Bruno on the left wing, Kuca will attack from the right and Rochinha may play the “false nine” role once more. Otherwise Yusupha Om Njie, Rui Pedro, Leonardo Ruiz and Ricardo Clarke are the typical strikers in Boavista’s formation, but their form has been very poor and that’s why Rochinha looks as the only favourite to lead the line.
Belenenses vs Boavista Prediction and Betting Tips
Belenenses have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches against Boavista in all competitions. Nevertheless, situation is always different and we believe that current circumstances (Belenenses have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 matches) require one-idea more attacking mentality especially by the hosts. Belenenses will want to put an end of their awful form and this looks exactly in Boavista’s taste. On the other hand Boavista also have some missing names in the squad so we will see how suitable their formation is for the upcoming clash near Lisbon.
Our betting prediction recommends: “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Possible Lineups of Belenenses and Boavista
Venue: “Estádio do Restelo”, Belém, Lisbon.
CF Belenenses: Filipe Mendes – Florent Hanin, Nuno Tomas, Gonçalo Silva, André Geraldes – Hassan Yebda, André Sousa – Fredy Ribeiro, Benny, Diogo Viana – Maurides. (4-2-3-1)
Boavista Porto FC: Vagner – Tiago Mesquita, Stéphane Sparagna, Raphael Rossi, João Talocha – Carraça, David Simão, Fábio Espinho – Kuca, Rochinha, Mateus. (4-3-3)