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Belenenses will continue their hunt for a first season spot on Friday if welcome Moreirense to the Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa.
A streak of three defeats in a row at the start of the campaign is left Petits team at the bottom of the table in the Primeira Liga, while the guests have only taken one point from their three games.
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Having weathered relegation well last season and successful thanks to their flourishing defense, Petit’s team went into the new season with optimism, but it was not an ideal start.
A 1-0 loss to second division Mafra in the first round of the Taca da Liga was a warning sign before goals from Antonio Martinez and Luis Diaz condemned them in the opening game to a 2-0 defeat against title hunter Porto.
O Belem then played against Maritimo in their second league game, and they were quickly two goals behind André Vidigal and Ali Alipour was on the scorers list for the first 15 minutes, and meanwhile Alioune Ndour After the half-time break they got a goal back, they couldn’t find an equalizer and had to accept another defeat.
Their streak of defeats in the league lasted three games as they tackled the difficult task of a trip to defending champions Sporting Lisbon with an early one Goncalo Inacio Goal and a 48th minute Joao Palhinha With a 2-0 win for the hosts, they made the difference.
Now that only one of the two teams is without a point, Petit’s squad will be desperate to stop the rot and get a positive result on the board on Friday, despite meeting a team equally keen to reverse their luck.
Moreirense was also thrown from the first round of the Taca da Liga by an opponent of the lower division at the beginning of the season, as the second division Penafiel won a penalty shootout after the 1-1 draw.
That wasn’t a good platform for the new season as they look to build on eighth place from last season and Os Verdes e Brancos got off to a losing start in the league when they faced champions Benfica.
Lucas Verissimo and Luca Waldschmidt Hit early to give As Aguias the lead by two goals and during Rafael Martins scored a goal for Moreirense after half an hour but they couldn’t find an equalizer Diogo Goncalves sent off for the opponent at the beginning of the second half.
Then they traveled to Santa Clara, and it was a dramatic final phase when their hosts went into the final minutes with a goal.
Yan drew Joao HenriquesMen’s level in the 90th minute, however Carlos set up their opponents quickly 2-1 before André Luis scored in the 10th minute also the second equalizer of the guests and got the first point of the season.
However, they could not build on the last time because the gates of Steven Vitoria and Paulinho appeared to score a 2-2 draw with Braga, just for a 95th-minute winner from Ricardo Horta to snap all three points for the archbishops.
After losing two of their first three games, Os Verdes e Brancos will be on the lookout for an elusive win on Friday to reverse their luck.
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Belenenses will enter the game on Friday without a midfielder Afonso Taira, who was sent off in the final minutes of the Sporting Lisbon defeat and is serving a suspension.
That only aggravates their problems in midfield, there Sandro and Sphephelo Sithole both are out of action, the latter excluded after a positive coronavirus test.
Another big loss could be important up front Matteo Cassierrawho was missing last time after scoring 10 league goals last season.
Moreirense remains without a right-back Rodrigo Conceicao, who continues to be suspended after being shown a red card just four minutes after his substitute against Santa Clara.
They boast a menacing front line with Yan, Rafael Martins and Filipe Soares all expected to keep their seats.
Next Back, Artur Jorge, Steven Vitoria and Lazar Rosic should form the back three again, shielding Mateus Pasinato between the sticks.
Belenense’s possible starting line-up:
Philipp; Phete, Henriques, Ribeiro; Calila, Teixeira, Sousa, Boni, Akas; Nuno, Ndour
Moreirense possible starting line-up:
Pasinato; Jorge, Vitoria, Rosic; Ramos, Pacheco, Soares, Conte; Yan, Martins, Pires
Probability: Belenenses 1-2 Moreirense
The guests boast of the stronger of the two squads and fell just behind the top of the table in their two defeats and are thus marked as favorites on Friday.
They have certainly shown more positive signals than their opponents, who so far looked disappointing and could take another defeat as they face a dangerous offensive team, with the Belenenses defense not clicking so far this season.
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