Guimaraes vs Chaves: Preview and Prediction

Guimaraes vs Chaves
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 4th December 2016
Kick-off at 20:15 UK
Venue: Estadio Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes.

Vitoria de Guimaraes are having an excellent season until they suffered a surprise defeat to the bottom of the table side Tondela last weekend. They were leading 1-0 until two quick strikes within space of seconds from Wagener with only 6 minutes left on the clock turnaround the result.

Guimaraes were unbeaten in the previous 6 matches with 4 wins and 2 draws and were on the back of three consecutive wins prior to the away loss at Tondela. They havent lost a match at home since the loss to Braga on matchday 1, with the next 4 producing 2 wins and 2 draws.

The newly promoted Chaves are performing above expectations and are currently 7th in the league table with 15 points, 5 short of 5th placed Guimaraes. They are coming on the back of three consecutive draws with the latest a goal-less stalemate at home against Maritimo.

The success of the tiniest club in Portugal this season is built on the back of a strong defense. Jorge Simao managed side has conceded just 9 goals this season and are the third best defensive unit in the league at the moment.

Guimaraes vs Chaves: Head-to-head stats

The last competitive meeting between Chaves and Guimaraes has to be dated back to the 2006/07 season in the second division. Guimaraes were victorious on both legs by the same 1-0 margin. They were also winners in the two other meetings which came in the 1998/99 season, thus holding a 100% win record against Chaves in 4 league games so far.

Guimaraes vs Chaves: Head-to-head stats

Guimaraes will be desperate to bounce back with a win and they will be giving their all not to repeat the same fate as in the late defeat against Tondela. As a note of caution, the hosts have failed to restrict their opponents from scoring against them this season. They have conceded 14 goals so far, keeping clean sheets in just three.

Chaves are a defense oriented side and they are capable of restricting their opponents from creating enough goal scoring chances. This could be a cat and mouse game as Guimaraes are looking for three points and Chaves will be happy with even a point.

The home advantage could work in favour of Guimaraes and they might even get a win here. But expect this to be by not more than a 1 more goal margin.

Guimaraes vs Chaves: Bet Tips

Guimaraes to win and Under 2.5 goals at 4.00 (3/1)
Any-time Goal-Scorer: Moussa Marega (Guimaraes) at 2.37 (11/8).