SETUBAL VS AVES PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Vitória Setúbal and Desportivo Aves meet at Estádio do Bonfim, in a match for the 1st round of the Primeira Liga. There is only record of 2 recent direct confrontations between these two teams: on 03-23-2018, which ended with the victory of Vitória Setúbal by (1-4), and on 03-11-2017, which ended with the victory of Desportivo Birds by (0-1). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team makes its debut in this edition of the test after having finished the last season in the 15th position. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they beat Extremadura UD at home (3-2). In the last 10 home matches Vitória Setúbal has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
Vitória de Setúbal enters this first motivated day, after a 2-3 victory in a friendly against Benfica B. The local team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, giving more importance to fast transitions and a more offensive style of play. In this tactical drawing, the three players responsible for throwing the panic in the opponent’s area are Alex, Veloso and Valdu Té. The local coach must have all players available for this first duel.
The visiting team makes its debut in this edition of the race after having finished the last season in 13th place. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 28 conceded; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 19 goals scored and 17 conceded. In the last match they played, for the Super Cup, they lost with Porto out by (3-1). In the last 10 away matches Desportivo Aves has won 3, tied 1 and lost 6. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.
The visitors reach this first round without great motivation, after a 3-1 defeat against FC Porto, in a match to count for the Supercopa de Portugal. The coach of Desportivo das Aves will have to re-organize his team in a 4-3-3, with the aim of trying to take advantage of the counterattack. In this tactical drawing the three players responsible for putting the rival defensive sense are Nildo Petrolina, Derley and Amilton. Coach Vitinha should have all the players available for this first day.
PREDICTION: Over 1.5 goals @ 1.40