Two teams weary of the dotted line in the Primeira Liga face off against each other this week as Maritimo welcomes Gil Vicente at the Estadio do Maritimo with kickoff at 9 pm.
A gain of momentum saw the hosts club above the dotted line to the 12th spot in the Primeira Liga, whereas their opponents sit one point and one place behind in 13th place.
Maritimo’s season was a turning point when they played host to Braga at the Estadio do Barreiros in their last outing. Diederick Joel Tagueu emerged with the winning goal to make eight goals this campaign.
The win pushed their winning streak to three matches in the Primeira Liga, especially after defeating Rio Ave and Boavista.
Furthermore, the triumphant win catapulted the side above the drop zone to 12th in the league. Currently, a six-point gap separates them from the bottom two. However, given that Velazquez came in as a replacement from Milton Mendez, many fans remain happy with the upturn.
Similarly, they face off against a common opponent with a similar fate. Gil Vicente remains keen on moving above the dropzone. It was a disappointing outcome in their last outing, forced to settle with a goalless draw against 17th-placed Farense.
Moreover, Ricardo Soares’ men suffered defeats, a 3-0 defeat to Famalicao and a 2-1 loss to 11th placed Belenenses.
Maritimo vs. Gil Vicente Head to Head
Both sides have 15 games against each other, with Maritimo taking seven wins while Gil Vicente with four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Maritimo 1-0 Sporting Braga
- Boavista 0-1 Maritimo
- Maritimo 1-0 Rio Ave
- Belensenses 2-0 Maritimo
- Maritimo 1-0 Farense
- Gil Vicente 0-0 Farense
- Belenenses 2-1 Gil Vicente
- Gil Vicente 0-3 Famalicao
- Benfica 1-2 Gil Vicente
- Gil Vicente 1-2 Moreirense
Maritimo Team News
Attacker Rodrigo Pinho suffered another setback in his injury crisis this season and remains unavailable for this match. The attack this time out remains speared by Diederrick Joel Tagueu and Ali Alipour. We expect a center-back pairing of Leo Andrade and Zainadine Junior with three consecutive clean sheets.
Gil Vicente Team News
The opponents head into the clash on the back of a health clean bill with forwards Mullen and Alaa Abbas out with long-term injuries. However, Pedro Marques comes back into the fold with four goals this season.
Prediction and Odds
In terms of form, the home side takes the upper hand compared to their opponents with recent defeats.
Correct Score: 1-0
Goals Under 2.5