Portimonense vs Belenenses Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Portimonense takes on Belenenses for a neighbouring, when it comes to current standings, encounter at the “Portimão Estádio” in Portimão. Hosts from southern Portugal are occupying 12th position before all games on Wednesday night, while Belenenses holds the 11th position with one point more – 17 against 16. Both teams are winless for a long time and each side hopes to start up the new year by showing a new face, and to eventually climb up in the Primeira Liga table.
The last competitive match between both sides was in November 2015 when Portimonense won 3-2 at home to eliminate Belenenses out of the Portuguese Cup.
Primeira Liga: Portimonense vs Belenenses 04.01.2018
We have two struggling clubs which fail to win a single game for a long time and if hosts from Portimão have not won a league match since late November (2-0 vs Tondela at home), then the visitors from Belem are without a victory since end of October when they have won 3-0 vs Moreirense at home turf.
During the short Primeira Liga break, both teams have been involved in the Portuguese League Cup group stage where they both have had a completely different schedule.
Although Portimonense was knocked out of the competition Vítor Oliveira’s men can be inspired by the two comebacks they’ve made against two of the top Portuguese clubs, away from home on both occasions. Portimonense first had a visit at the “Estadio da Luz” in capital Lisbon where Benfica took a comfortable 2-0 lead, but the two second half goals by Pires and Jadson have earned them a prestigious draw against the reigning league champion. Moreover, that draw actually eliminated Benfica and has been followed by another positive outcome when visiting Braga – same situation, Braga got a two-goal advantage but Dener’s brace has leveled the final score.
Thus Portimonense will be keen to win their first Primeira Liga victory after three rounds in which they have failed to score as well – 1 draw and 2 defeats in that period.
Belenenses in the meantime had two home games, achieving two draws against Marítimo (0-0) and the other Lisbon powerhouse – Sporting (1-1). Those were their second and third group stage draws, respectively, and thereby Belenenses has been dropped out of the League Cup, whilst Sporting won the first place and made a semi-final breakthrough.
And while “The Bethlehem” accomplished two decent results in the Cup, their Primeira Liga performances have been a total disaster as the club from the Lisbon parish lost four of its last five games there. In fact Domingos Paciência’s men have scored one goal only in the last five rounds which has won them the only point in that period – 1-1 draw vs Paços de Ferreira.
Team News and Missing Players
Central midfielder Oriol Rosell, who by the way spent the previous season in Belenenses, is available again and should start here. The Spaniard is expected to start alongside Pedro Sa and Dener is expected to be moved on the right wing, especially if Paulinho (2 goals, 5 assits) is fit and ready to start as an attacking midfielder. Brazilian forward Fabrício (5 goals, 3 assists) should lead Portimonense’s attack and Shoya Nakajima (6 goals, 2 assists) looks certain for the left wing.
Right defender and captain Ricardo Pessoa is still recovering from injury (ankle) and will miss out. Emmanuel Hackman has been sent off in the last Primeira Liga round against Sporting CP but has already served his suspension in the League Cup rounds and is ready to return at the right-back. Central midfielders Marcel and Ewerton, as well as Nigerian winger Chidera Ezeh are other potential absentees due to various injuries.
Domingos Paciência has his own concerns as the former national team player can’t rely on his first choice goalkeeper Muriel, who is injured and should return next month. French centre-back Vincent Sasso, right-back João Diogo and Gabonese midfielder Merlin Tandjigora are all recovering from different injuries and will most likely miss the journey to Portimão.
Portimonense vs Belenenses Prediction and Betting Tips
Either Portimonense and Belenenses fail to impress but the hosts are one of the newly promoted teams so they can be more pleased by fact they’re on five points over the relegation zone. Portimonense were one of the best offensive teams in the Liga earlier this season but have now failed to score in their last three matches. Nevertheless, they’re still solid at home where they have won 13 out of all 16 points won thus far and coach Vítor Oliveira surely relies on these games.
Belenenses on the other hand have lost 8 of their last 9 away games in the Primeira Liga, scoring in two of them only. The only glimmer of hope in their away matches was a 4-1 win over Feirense in September, but they have lost all following (four) visits ever since, failing to score in any of them.
Final Conclusion and Betting Tip
We believe the better home form of Portimonense and their impressive comebacks against strong teams like Benfica and Braga will boost their confidence prior this clash. Especially when considering the awful away record of Belenenses. Our betting prediction goes on the home side: Portimonense to win against Belenenses – 1X2 Betting.
Possible Lineups of Portimonense and Belenenses
Venue: “Portimão Estádio”, Portimão.
Portimonense SC: Ricardo Ferreira – Emmanuel Hackman, Lucas Possignolo, Ruben Fernandes, Lumor Agbenyenu – Oriol Rosell, Pedro Sa – Dener, Paulinho, Shoya Nakajima – Fabricio. (4-2-3-1)
CF Belenenses: Filipe Mendes – Andre Geraldes, Gonçalo Silva, Nuno Tomas, Florent Hanin – Hassan Yebda, Bakary Bouba Sare – Diogo Viana, Andre Sousa, Fredy Ribeiro – Maurides. (4-2-3-1)