Vitoria Guimaraes vs Chaves
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Thursday, 10th August 2017
Kick off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Dom Alfonso Henriques.
Vitoria Guimaraes enjoyed one of the best campaigns in the top flight of the Portuguese football in team’s history last year when they came fourth at the end of the Primeira Liga season.
Os Vimaranenses are set to open the new campaign this Thursday when they host Chaves at their Estadio Dom Alfonso Henriques.
Pedro Martins saw plenty of changes to his squad from the last season and he will certainly need time to put all the new names in bed.
Most importantly, the Portuguese manager will not be able to count on services of two of his best players from last season as both Moussa Marega and Hernani signed for Porto right at the start of summer transfer window.
The hosts will enter the match after a 3-1 defeat to Benfica in the Super Cup final on Saturday evening.
Chaves have also made plenty of changes to the team which won the 11th position last season.
The new manager Luis Castro seems to have done a decent job in pre-season as Chaves won four and drew one of their five friendlies.
Flavienses were especially impressive defensively with no more than a single goal conceded in five friendly matches.
Vitoria Guimaraes vs Chaves: Head to head
The head to head stats completely favour Vitoria Guimaraes who won 12 of 16 meetings with Chaves.
The team led by Pedro Martins has been especially impressive on the home patch with seven wins and a draw in eight clashes with Flavienses.
Vitoria Guimaraes vs Chaves: Prediction
The hosts are 3/4 to maintain the fine tradition, but the value this time goes out with the visitors who have been very tough to break down in the pre-season.
If we add that Vitoria sold their two top scorers from last year, we simply have to back Chaves not to concede more than once on Thursday at the odds of 4/5.
Vitoria Guimaraes vs Chaves: Bet Tips
The top betting pick will be Vitoria Guimaraes Under 1.5 Team Goals at 1.80 odds with Bet365.
The alternative option would be Chaves or Draw Double Chance at 2.10 odds with Bet365.