Sports Mole preview Monday’s Primeira Liga clash between Vitoria de Guimaraes and Casa Pia, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Fresh off the back of the first win of the season, Casa Pia Take a trip to the Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques to compete against him Vitoria de Guimaraes on Monday.
Unbeaten in their last seven home games in all competitions, including five straight wins during that period, Os Vimaranenses will be looking to keep the juggernaut going.
Vitoria de Guimaraes was brought down to earth in the Primeira Liga when they suffered a 2-1 defeat by Portimonense at the Estadio Municipal de Portimao last Sunday.
Newly signed Portuguese winger Iota Silva broke out of the stalemate just after half-time to hand the lead to Portimao teams Wellington Jr and Yago Caju found the goal to turn the game upside down.
João TeixeiraThe Portugal side had previously won their first two games of the new Portuguese Premier League season, beating Chaves and Estoril Praia 1-0 each, and have been unbeaten in a run of seven straight league games since April.
With six points from three games, Vitoria de Guimaraes is currently sixth in the table, level on points with Arouca and Boavista while two points and five places ahead of Monday’s visitors.
Os Vimaranenses are now returning home having won their last five games and are currently seven games unbeaten, dating back to a 1-0 loss to reigning champions Porto in April.
Casa Pia, on the other hand, clinched their first win of the season last Sunday when they easily defeated Boavista 2-0 on home turf.
After an uneventful first half at the Jamor National Sports Center, Raphael Martins and Savior Godwin charged at five-minute intervals in the second half Philip Martins‘s men their first loss of the season.
Previously, the newly promoted side started the season with a goalless draw against Santa Clara on 7 August before suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat by league heavyweights Benfica six days later.
While Casa Pia will be looking to secure their first consecutive wins since returning to the Primeira Liga, they have recorded just one win, lost twice and managed a draw in their last four away games.
Vitoria de Guimarae’s Primeira Liga form:
Form of Vitoria de Guimaraes (all competitions):
Form of the Casa Pia Primeira League:
Casa Pia Form (all competitions):
Vitoria de Guimaraes will have to settle for the absence of the 22-year-old midfielder Thomas Handelwho has been out since February due to a muscle injury.
He is joined on the club’s injury table by Jorg Fernandeswho retired injured in mid-July in the Conference League qualifier against Puskas Academy.
Experienced midfielder Andre Andrewho has been on loan at Saudi club Al-Ittihad for the last six months will not take part this weekend after picking up an injury in June.
Casa Pia, on the other hand, will be without the services of the 31-year-old forward Carney Antoinewho has been sidelined since suffering an injury last season.
Martins and Godwin were both on target to give Os Gansos their first win of the season against Boavista last time out and we expect the duo to lead the attack again.
Joao Nunes, Vasco Fernándes and Bosnian defender Nermin Zolotic shared will to help Casa Pia concede their second goal of the season last weekend and we expect them to retain their role in the back three.
Vitoria de Guimarae’s possible starting line-up:
Varela; Maga, Villanueva, Amaro, Sa; Silva, Bamba; Lameiras, Almeida, Silva; Silva
Casa Pia possible starting line-up:
Batista; Nunes, Fernandes, Zolotic; Soares, Taira, Neto, Lelo, Kunimoto; Martins, Godwin
We say: Vitoria de Guimaraes 2-1 Casa Pia
Vitoria de Guimaraes is looking forward to returning to her home country, where she has won six of her last seven games in all competitions. We’re backing the hosts to continue that good run and take all three points against a Casa Pia side who haven’t won three of their last four away games.
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