Competition: Primeira Liga
Market: Boavista double chance
Odds: 7/10 @ 888sport
Looking to extend on their Primeira Liga purple patch on Friday night, Boavista will make the trip to the Estadio Cidade de Barcelos when they meet a struggling Gil Vicente.
Starting with the hosts, while Gil Vicente might have all but extended on their Primeira Liga status this season, the Roosters are certainly limping their way over the finish line. Last seen eventually getting hit with an action-packed 3-2 loss at the hands of Santa Clara, Daniel Sousa’s side are in the midst of what has been a woeful run of form. Almost finding themselves sat in top-flight limbo and with the feel of a squad seeking a much-needed boost, the one-time Marseille assistant finds plenty of pressure on his shoulders. Signing off April with a routine 2-0 loss at home against Portuguese heavyweights Benfica, the Galos have lost each of their last four Primeira Liga appearances by an aggregate score of 7-2. Likewise, remarkably failing to muster a single win from any of their last eight straight outings – a run that stems all the way back to March 3rd – Gil Vicente should face another stern challenge when they return to home soil here.
As for the visitors, making an immediate return to winning ways last weekend as they claimed a 1-0 victory at home against Estoril, the mood in Boavista’s camp should be at a real high. Continuing to gain a string of plaudits from across Portugal this season, some in Petit’s camp are even dreaming of the chance to mount a famous European charge. Traveling to the Estadio Cidade de Barcelos on Friday night sat just four points adrift of breaking into the top-six, the Panthers should be smelling the chance to make another statement here. Despite suffering a close-fought 1-0 defeat away at Porto when signing off April, that is the only Primeira Liga loss that Boavista have suffered from their last five appearances. With their eye-catching flurry highlighted by a lively 3-2 win against Rio Ave last month, the ex-Tondela boss should also be excited by his most recent meeting against Friday’s hosts. Claiming a 1-0 victory when they welcomed Gil Vicente to town on January 8th, we are expecting an away double chance here.
Bet: Boavista double chance against Gil Vicente 7/10 for Friday’s Primeira Liga battle @ 888sport