Hello our bethome.com friends. The 23rd round in Portugal opens today with a match between two teams from inside the Coimbra area, Naval and Leiria.
Naval vs Uniao Leiria.
In Estádio Municipal José Bento Pessoa, Naval host Leiria in a regional derby that has no particular rivalry between the two teams. Naval are holding an undefeated record of 4 consecutive matches, with the 0-0 draw they got last week in Rio Ave stadium. The players did not find it that difficult to get this result and never gave the chance to their opponents to pose any threat. They could even have won, if they managed to materialize on a great chance they had. Augusto Inácio has asked his players to be cautious in the upcoming rounds, since they have no space for relaxation for the time being. They stand 11 points away from Leixoes and seem capable of sticking to the big league for the next season. MF Godemèche returns while Cruz is out.
After 4 consecutive negative results, Leiria returned to winning with 2-1 against Leixoes and stand just 5 points behind the 4th spot that leads to Europe. They needed Carlão's goal in the 82nd minude to get past Leixoes, when the field was of poor quality for good football to be played. In Lito Vidigal's opinion, his team will keep up the efforts and they will see what happens in the end. Godinho returns.
Selection: The teams recent form lean on the home side, who seem to be doing better and getting the results they need no matter where and who they play against. Leiria stopped their negative record with a win last week and they will go all out in this match to stay close to the European ticket. They score in away games, and that offers them an advantage against their opponents, who find it hard to score. I will go for the X2 which is offered in good odds.