Portimonense vs Boavista – Liga NOS :The 1st round of the Liga NOS finishes off in Portimão.
This is a complicated match to analyze, especially because this Portimonense will still be incognito.
As for the other side, we know what to expect. This is a first contrast, but that gains depth when we look onto the change of panorama on the home side.
Portimonense had probably the most experienced active manager in Portuguese football.
A manager with over 35 years on his career in Portuguese football, and with deep knowledge of both the lower divisions and the Portuguese league.
That was visible on the ability with which he brought Portimonense onto the big league, and then the relaxed way he managed to avoid their relegation from the Liga NOS.
All that experience, knowledge and intermeshing that was in favour of Portimonense will change on this season.
António Folha’s signing is not always a big difference from what they had last season, it is also a deep change on the football of the home side.
Making his debut in the 1st division but with passages, especially as an assistant manager, by some important clubs, he might be another new era manager, with quality. However, all predictions that are made are nothing more than that: predictions.
On the other side we have Boavista that is still being managed by Jorge Simão, that has made a great campaign last season, taking into consideration the low budget at their disposal.
This year, things won’t be different, with Boavista having one of the lowest budgets in Liga NOS once again.
The challenge is making good deals and finding quality at a low cost. It is precisely on that aspect that we find the first doubts.
The departures, on Boavista, weren’t many, but they’ve had the departures of some players that are hard to replace, due to their budget constraints: Renato Santos, Vagner and Rossi.
We’ll see what this Boavista is capable of, but a lot of changes aren’t expected, with the team being very strong at the Estádio do Bessa and struggling as visitors.
After this context, needed, and speaking about the match in question, it won’t be easy to predict a winner.
Portimonense vs Boavista – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The line opened as expected, with a slight favouritism for Portimonense, which is understandable since they are playing at home.
However, looking at their pre-season results, we can see:
– Portimonense started off with full steam, battering Dundee by 4-0. Then came 2 matches against FC Porto, firstly against the B team (1-1) and then against the main team (2-1), which was a beautiful surprise, and not only in terms of results. They’ve shown an intense and dynamic playstyle, reminiscent of the style that Vítor Oliveira imposed.
– But then, a blackout occurred, with the team getting losses by 0-2, firstly against Lille and then, on their first official match, against Rio Ave.
We can also understand the incognito this Portimonense is, at this initial stage of the season.
However, Portimonense from last season was worth due to their quality in transition.
That has given them a lot of goals, especially through two players, Fabrício and Nakajima.
But, the defensive weaknesses were clear, but also very well masked by the way Vítor Oliveira prepared the team to play, with tighter lines.
Also on the visiting side, the central defenders duo that we saw on the pre-season (Neris and Raphael) is new, as well as their goalkeeper Bracalli.
With the individual quality there is on Portimonense’s attacking front, especially with Wellington and Tabata, since they still don’t have a striker, after the departures of Pires and Fabrício.
That way, the bet that I like the most, and that has value, considering the 1.73 odds, is on the goals’ market, the Over 2 Goals line.
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