Greetings punters! The 27th round of Portuguese fixtures gets underway with Olhanense taking on Maritimo and the incentive rests with the side of the hosts. Analytically…
Olhanense v Maritimo
Olhanense managed to clinch a point in their away game against Guimaraes thanks to a goal in the 88th minute. They conceded just before the half time break but managed to apply pressure on their opponents after the interval. They controlled the game without much effect but were awarded a penalty to get back on level terms. Today’s game is crucial so Jorge Costa appealed to fans to back the team and highlighted that a possible win today could allow their team to survive in the league. Excluded from today’s squad are regular left back Carlos Fernandes (23 apps, 2 goals), regular midfielder Castro (25 apps), right back Goncalves (10 apps) and long-term absentee defensive midfielder Duarte (20 apps). Forward Ukra (25 apps, 1 goal) is back in the fold.
Maritimo are indifferent in the league and drew 3-3 in their last game at home against Belenenses. They found themselves trailing 1-2 at the half time interval but managed to turn the game around to lead before conceding an equalizer in added time. They have lost their last three games on the road. Today they will be without the services of regular left back Alonso (22 apps, 3 goals), while forward Kleber (16 apps, 4 goals) and midfielder Rafael Miranda (5 apps, 1 goal) make their return.
Selection: Olhanense have plenty of regulars missing today and will have to work very hard for the win. On the other hand, Maritimo have many defensive gaps and are not a team that inspires confidence to put your money on them… ΝΟ ΒΕΤ