Vitoria de Guimaraes will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Primeira Liga to five matches when they welcome Boavista to Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques on Sunday.
The hosts progressed to the fourth round of the Taca de Portugal with a victory at Canelas 2010, but their visitors were not as fortunate in the cup,being knocked out by fourth-tier Machico.
It has been an enjoyable few weeks for Vitoria Guimaraes supporters, who have seen their club pick up two wins and two draws in their four league matches, including the victory over Pacos Ferreira two weeks ago.
Vitoria Guimaraes picked up 14 points from their first nine matches and sit three points behind fourth in the table, recovering from three straight defeats towards the end of August.
Moreno’s side have had their problems in front of goal, with only the bottom four scoring fewer than them, but they have been defensively solid with only Casa Pia and Benfica conceding fewer.
Meanwhile, Boavista kicked off the campaign well, but they have faltered in recent weeks to find themselves without a win in their last two league matches.
Firstly, they were dominated by Famalicao in a 4-0 defeat before being held to a 1-1 draw with bottom-placed Maritimo in their last league match.
Petit’s side followed that up with the humiliating 1-0 defeat at Machico in the Taca de Portugal last weekend, which was the fourth time this season they have failed to score in a game.
Boavista find themselves in sixth place in the league standings, just outside of the European spots, and are just three points behind third-placed Braga, although with a vastly inferior goal difference.
They have conceded the most goals among teams in the top half of the table and have only managed to keep two clean sheets this season.
Vitoria de Guimaraes vs Boavista head to head
These two teams have previously met on 47 occasions across all competitions, where Guimaraes have claimed 18 victories while Boavista have won 16, and they have drawn in 13. Guimaraes have scored 59 goals and conceded 57. In their last five meetings, Boavista have won one, Guimaraes two with two draws.
Boavista 2-0 Vitoria Guimaraes 02/02/20
Boavista 0-1 Vitoria Guimaraes 19/10/20
Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 Boavista 26/02/21
Vitoria Guimaraes 1-1 Boavista 29/12/21
Boavista 1-1 Vitoria Guimaraes 06/05/22
Vitoria de Guimaraes latest home form
Vitoria Guimaraes have recently been on a relatively good run of form at home, having lost just one of their 10 most recent matches. They drew 0-0 with Benfica in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored three goals and conceded just one.
Vitoria Guimaraes 1-0 Hajduk Split 10/08/22
Vitoria Guimaraes 1-0 Estoril 14/08/22
Vitoria Guimaraes 0-1 Casa Pia 29/08/22
Vitoria Guimaraes 1-0 Santa Clara 09/09/22
Vitoria Guimaraes 0-0 Benfica 01/10/22
Vitoria de Guimaraes latest away form
Vitoria Guimaraes have recently been on a relatively good run of form on the road, having been unbeaten in their three most recent matches. They defeated Canelas 2010 3-1 in their last away game in the Taca de Portugal. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded six.
Portimonense 2-1 Vitoria Guimaraes 21/08/22
Sporting Braga 1-0 Vitoria Guimaraes 03/09/22
Arouca 2-2 Vitoria Guimaraes 18/09/22
Pacos Ferreira 0-1 Vitoria Guimaraes 08/10/22
Canelas 2010 1-3 Vitoria Guimaraes 15/10/22
Boavista latest home form
Boavista have recently been on a relatively good run of form at home, having lost just one of their five most recent matches. They drew 1-1 with Maritimo in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored six goals and also conceded six.
Boavista 2-1 Santa Clara 14/08/22
Boavista 0-3 Benfica 27/08/22
Boavista 1-0 Pacos Ferreira 05/09/22
Boavista 2-1 Sporting Lisbon 17/09/22
Boavista 1-1 Maritimo 09/10/22
Boavista latest away form
Boavista have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their four most recent matches. They lost 1-0 to Machico in their last away game in the Taca de Portugal. In their last five matches, they have scored six goals and conceded six.
Portimonense 0-1 Boavista 07/08/22
Casa Pia 2-0 Boavista 21/08/22
Arouca 1-2 Boavista 11/09/22
Famalicao 4-0 Boavista 02/10/22
Machico 1-0 Boavista 16/10/22
Vitoria de Guimaraes news
Vitoria Guimaraes could be without a number of key players, including Andre Silva and Thomas Handel, alongside Jorge Fernandes who is still recovering from a muscle problem.
Defenders Bruno Gasper and Miguel Maga are still sidelined, but Celtic loanee Mikey Johnston could earn his first league start of the season.
Boavista are still without Miguel Reisinho, and they will have to make do without him for a little while after the midfielder suffered a severe knee injury back in August.
Reggie Cannon is also unavailable as he is yet to recover from the problem that has kept him out for three weeks.
Prediction and Odds
Vitoria Guimaraes enter the contest unbeaten in their last four league matches, and will fancy their chances of picking up a positive result on home turf on Sunday.
However, both teams have proven this year that they are good, but neither scores all too often, leading us to predict a draw.
Odds: 1 2.22 X 2.05 2 2.88
Vitoria Guimaraes 0-0 Boavista
Vitoria Guimaraes 1-1 Boavista
Vitoria Guimaraes 2-2 Boavista
Vitoria Guimaraes 1-0 Boavista
Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 Boavista