It’s all to play for on Friday evening when Nacional and Feirense take on each other in a massive relegation six-pointer at Estadio da Madeira. The whole relegation battle can hardly be more exciting.
Here is how things look like with ten games left to play. Nacional share the rock bottom of the standings with the likes of Boavista and Maritimo. Farense are one point above, while Portimonense and Famalicao are just two points ahead.
The likes of Rio Ave, Belenenses, Tondela and Gil Vicente are all within four points of Portimonense. So, we have six teams inside two points. Bottom two sides are relegated, while the third from bottom will play relegation play-offs.
Now that we know the importance of the match, we can move on to these two sides. Both outfits have been struggling badly for goals throughout the entire season. They both notched 22 goals in 24 outings so far.
The hosts are on a dreadful run of result. They will head into this tie off the back of six successive Primeira Liga losses.
Portimonense can rely on the head to head tradition going into this match. Alvinegros won four, drew three, and lost just one of eight meetings with Nacional. Portimonense won each of the last three clashes against Nacional. The streak includes this season’s 1-0 victory in late-November last year.
The visitors will also enter the game off the back of defeats. However, their run is much easier to handle given they’ve only lost two in a row. The streak includes a narrow 1-2 defeat to the likes of Porto in the last game before the international break. It is also worth noting that Paulo Sergio’s troops demolished Tondela 3-0 on the home patch before the mentioned back-to-back defeats.