Vitoria Guimaraes vs Tondela Match Analysis & Prediction
09/09/2023 10:30 pm
Vitoria de Guimaraes play host to Tondela at Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques in their rescheduled Taca da Liga playoff this Saturday.
Four top-flight sides have already been knocked out by lower league opponents, and the hosts will look to avoid that same fate in the final playoff tie.
Six weeks since the first seven league cup playoffs took place, the final one left to be decided will take place now during the international break.
Guimaraes’ participation in Europe meant the game had to be postponed back in late July, as they were busy facing Celje in a Europa Conference League second qualifying round tie, in which they won 4-3 in Slovenia.
However, Paulo Turra’s side were surprised at home, losing 1-0 to the huge underdogs before crashing out on penalties.
They have since put that surprise result behind them, getting off to a flying start in the league, winning their opening three matches.
Estrela Amadora, Gil Vicente and Vizela were all beaten and left Guimaraes level on points at the top with Porto and Sporting Lisbon.
However, when tasked with a trip to the capital to face champions Benfica, Guimaraes had no answer and suffered a 4-0 defeat, largely due to an early red card to Joao Mendes.
Form which saw Tondela take just one point from their final five matches last season has continued into this campaign, with just two points from a possible 12 so far.
Their victory in the last round over Santa Clara also came on penalties, meaning Tondela are without a victory in regulation time since mid-April.
Two opening draws were followed by a 5-1 defeat at Pacos Ferreira and a home loss to Belenenses last weekend, so facing top-flight opposition is not the ideal game to have when they are trying to play themselves back into form.
Vitoria Guimaraes vs. Tondela Head to head
In the 17 previous meetings between these two teams, Vitoria Guimaraes have claimed nine victories while Tondela have won six, and they have drawn in two. Tondela have scored 16 goals and conceded 26 in the process.
28/11/2020Tondela0Vitoria Guimaraes2Primeira Liga
04/04/2021Vitoria Guimaraes1Tondela2Primeira Liga
11/12/2021Vitoria Guimaraes5Tondela2Primeira Liga
24/04/2022Tondela1Vitoria Guimaraes1Primeira Liga
22/07/2023Vitoria Guimaraes1Tondela1(P)Club Friendlies
Vitoria Guimaraes Team News
Telmo Arcanjo will not make his Vitoria Guimaraes debut against the club he left over the summer, as the forward is out injured.
Another new signing Ricardo Mangas is also out after arriving from Boavista and is yet to feature for the club.
Vitoria Guimaraes's Last 5 Matches
03/08/2023Vitoria Guimaraes0Celje1(P)Europa Conference League
13/08/2023Estrela0Vitoria Guimaraes1Primeira Liga
19/08/2023Vitoria Guimaraes2Gil Vicente1Primeira Liga
27/08/2023Vitoria Guimaraes2Vizela0Primeira Liga
02/09/2023Benfica4Vitoria Guimaraes0Primeira Liga
Tondela Team News
Andre Ceitil returned from a minor issue at the weekend but was an unused substitute, while last season’s top scorer Daniel dos Anjos was dropped from the starting XI.
Defender Tiago Almeida is set to be Tondela’s only injury absentee for this cup tie.
Tondela's Last 5 Matches
13/08/2023Porto II1Tondela1Segunda Liga
19/08/2023Tondela2Academico Viseu2Segunda Liga
26/08/2023Pacos Ferreira5Tondela1Segunda Liga
01/09/2023Tondela0CF Os Belenenses1Segunda Liga
Vitoria Guimaraes vs. Tondela: Odds and Predictions
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