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Gil Vicente and Boavista Start your 2021-22 season in the Primeira Liga with a game at the Estadio Cidade de Barcelos on Monday evening.
Both teams were satisfied with their relegation last season and ended up in 11th and 13th place respectively.
Prediction for this match
Although it has been two decades since Boavista’s glory at the turn of the millennium, they didn’t necessarily expect to stay in the major league last season.
Boavista prevailed in just eight of his 34 league games, but closing the season with wins over Portimonense and Monday’s opponents eventually kept her in the Portuguese football elite.
With last season’s star man Angel Gomes Now, back at their parent club Lille, the chances are good that Os Axadrezados will be delighted if they don’t struggle and take a place in midfield.
Still new boss Joao Pedro Sousa will have higher expectations, especially as his team has won every one of their Taca de Liga games in the past few weeks.
Successive shutouts have been recorded against Maritimo and Portimonense with the 17-year-old Tiago Morais steal the headlines in the latter game with a double.
In terms of performance, Gil Vicente can’t complain in the same competition after beating Tondela and getting a regular-time draw with Pacos de Ferreira.
However, the defeat on penalties at the Estadio da Mata Real has thrown the club out of the tournament Ricardo Soares with work to do to raise his roster.
On a positive note, they have found stability in the first division over the past two seasons, which gives them the platform to push into the top six this time around.
newcomer Bill Aouacheria has started well to revive his career by meeting in the meeting with Pacos de Ferreira.
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Having held fifth place in the Taca de Liga last season, Sousa might be ready to stay with Gil Vicente XI.
Murilo de Souza and Matheus Bueno are widely used as alternatives if Sousa decides to introduce fresh legs.
However, Antoine Leautey and Joao Afonso both were excluded from this competition due to injuries.
After beating Portimonense 2-0, Soares is unlikely to make any major changes to his Boavista side.
Morais is in line to keep his seat on the right and is auditioning Pedro Malheiro who should survive the nod Reggie cannon.
Filipe Ferreira can now act as a left-back Ricardo mangas left for Bordeaux.
Gil Vicente possible starting line-up:
Kritsyuk; Carlos, Cunha, Fernandes, Talocha; Carvalho; Aouacheria, Fujimoto, Pedrinho, Lino; Navarro
Boavista possible starting line-up:
Bracali; Malheiro, Garcia, Porozo, Ferreira; Morais, Perez, Reymao, Hamache; Njie, Santos
Probability: Gil Vicente 1-1 Boavista
While both teams are looking to improve on last season’s efforts, avoiding losing in the opening game will be their top priority. With that in mind, we forecast a low-goal draw, an outcome that Boavista could be a little more pleased with than its hosts.
Best betting tip for this match
Our expert tipster partners at footpredictions.com predict less than 2.5 goals in this game. Click here to see more football predictions to see what else they are predicting for this game and for more proven soccer tips.Under 2.5: data