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Belenenses line up against visiting opponents Portimonense at Estádio Nacional in the Primeira Liga meeting on Thursday.
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Belenenses will be wanting a better result here after a 1-0 Primeira Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Paços de Ferreira.
In that game, Belenenses managed 43% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. Paços de Ferreira had 13 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. João Pedro (85') scored for Paços de Ferreira.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where Belenenses have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Azuis have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 7 goals in the process.
Going into this one, Belenenses haven't been defeated in their previous 2 home league matches.
In their last game, Portimonense drew 0-0 in the Primeira Liga tie with Rio Ave.
In that game, Portimonense had 48% possession and 6 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. Rio Ave had 11 shots on goal with 2 on target.
Throughout their six most recent matches, Paulo Sérgio's Portimonense have seen their efforts on goal rewarded a total of 11 times thus giving them the goals scored per game average of 1.83.
Going into this one, Portimonense are undefeated in their last 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A review of their prior head to head clashes dating back to 05/05/2018 shows us that Belenenses have won 2 of these & Portimonense 1, with the tally of drawn games being 3.
A combined total of 15 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 8 for Azuis and 7 coming from Portimonense. The average goals per game has been 2.5.
The previous league encounter between these clubs was Primeira Liga match day 14 on 18/01/2021 when it ended Portimonense 1-0 Belenenses.
On that occasion, Portimonense had 47% possession and 15 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. The scorer was Dener Clemente (17').
Belenenses had 7 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Hugo Miguel.
Team News: Belenenses
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the lone fitness concern for the Belenenses manager Armando Petit to be concerned with from an otherwise complete group of players. Eduardo Kau (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t play.
Team News: Portimonense
Thanks to a largely healthy squad, there is just the lone fitness problem for the Portimonense boss Paulo Sérgio to be concerned about. Lucas Fernandes (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing here.
We’ve got the feeling that Portimonense and Belenenses should both be able to find the back of the net at least once here although it’s difficult at this stage to select a clear winner.
Looks like a high-scoring draw might be possible, as we’re expecting it to be that close. We’re therefore expecting a 2-2 at the end of the 90 minutes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Nacional (37,593)
Captain: Silvestre Varela
Chairman: Rui Pedro Soares
Manager: Armando Petit
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 11
⭐ Star Man: Afonso Sousa
Normally used in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Afonso Sousa was born in Aveiro, Portugal. Having made his senior debut playing for Belenenses in the 2020 - 2021 season, the dangerous Midfielder has scored 2 league goals in the Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 28 appearances.