Tondela and Vitória Setúbal face at Estádio João Cardoso, in a match for the 17th round of the Primeira Liga. The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 5 matches won 3 and lost 2. The last direct match between these two teams, on 30-07-2017, ended with the victory of Vitória Setúbal by (1-0). The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 10th and 18th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 17th ranked in home games and the 18th as a visitor.
After 5 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses, the home team is currently in the 10 th position of the league, with 18 points won. In the last match, they have won in an away match against Vitória Guimarães by (0-1), after in the previous match they have lost (1-5) at home, against Benfica. Interestingly, this is a team that has won more positive results outside its stadium, as it has won 11 points in away matches and only 7 at its stadium. In the last 8 home matches for the championship Tondela won 2, tied 1 and lost 5, for which he won 7 points out of 24 possible. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for goals, since 6 of the last 8 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 16 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 9 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Tondela comes to this game motivated, after a forced win, by 0-1, in the visit to the land of Guimarães: Murilo, at minute 76 ‘, through a penalty, scored the only goal of the game. The team of the house usually acts in a 4-3-3, in which the three players responsible for throwing the panic in the defensive opponent are Miguel Cardoso, Murillo and Tomané. Being a team with some weaknesses, it is clear that the Tondela adopts a more defensive stance, with the objective of not becoming unbalanced and granting spaces to the adversary. The local coach will not be able to count on Júnior Pius and Abenego, both injured.
The away team is currently in the 18 th position, with 11 points won, after 2 wins, 5 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Feirense, by (1-0). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Estoril, by (2-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have 1 spot away and 10 at their stadium, with 4 goals scored and 17 conceded in away matches, against 11 goals scored and 14 conceded at home. For the league, Vitória Setúbal won 1 point out of 21 possible points, after 1 draw and 6 losses in the last 7 home matches.
In this competition, they have a sequence of 5 losses in the last away matches and they have not won any of the last 7 away matches. In the matches played outside their stadium there are some more frequent results: at the end of the first 45 ‘0-0 (3 in 9 matches) and at the end of the match 1-0 (3 in 9 matches). The team has not been very strong defensively, since it has suffered goals in the last 10 games which it disputed in this competition. In 16 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 10 times and have only won 1 result.
The Vitória de Setúbal comes to this game after a draw at home, two balls, at the reception to Estoril. The visiting team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, giving more importance to quick transitions and a more offensive style of play. In this tactical scheme, the three players responsible for throwing the panic in the area of the rival are Nuno Pinto, Gonçalo Paciencia and João Amaral. Coach José Couceiro will not be able to count on Vasco Costa, Djaló, Willyan, Bonilha and José Semedo, all injured.
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