Europa League: Pacos Ferreira and Tondela Chase Elusive ObjectivesPublished May 6, 2016 by Florin P
Pacos Ferreira hopes for another presence in the Europa League (8:30 p.m UK Time).
Pacos Ferreira are usually one of the teams threatened by the specter of relegation, yet this season they had no reason to fear such a fate. In the remaining rounds, they find themselves chasing an elusive Europa League berth, one that can be secured only by winning the remaining two matches. Tondela is their first opponent and the visitors will be fighting for their Liga Sagre life, as they currently sit below the relegation line.
Easy Schedule for Pacos Ferreira
The home side trails Arouca by four points, but they have a better head to head record and a relatively easy schedule ahead. If their rivals fail to win any of the remaining two matches and Pacos Ferreira prevails in both games, they will leapfrog them for the fifth-place. Since they will be playing exclusively against teams trying to avoid relegation, today’s hosts are entitled to be optimistic.
Recent results have also highlighted their desire to fight until the very end, with Pacos Ferreira winning four games in a row. These include two narrow margin victories over Porto and Braga, some of the best teams in the Portuguese first division. With no players injured or suspended, they have no reason to hold back and will come out firing on all cylinders on Friday.
Fading Hopes for Tondela
Today’s visitors have a couple of problems on their hands, including the fact that they score less than one goal per match. Setubal and Madeira are five points ahead of them and all they need is one point in the remaining two matches to avoid relegation.
The visitors are basically at the mercy of their opponents and not having their faith in their own hands is disheartening to say the least. Pacos Ferreira is one of the better home teams in the Portuguese first division and now that they are also motivated to win, Tondela’s chances don’t look that good. Punters would be wise to bet on a home victory as soon as possible, since the odds at bet365 Sports will drop as kickoff draws near.