BOLA – Belenenses SAD revived and recent Famalicão crisis (Liga)

The struggle for maintenance is still fierce. Unlike the last three seasons, when after three days the teams were already practically doomed: Nacional (2020/2021), Aves (2019/2020) and Feirense (2018/2019) were far from maintenance sites. There is now a lot of six teams left with a chance to drop or stay in the main league, with the exception of the apparently calm Boavista.

Vizela is in 13th place with 32 points and Belenenses SAD is in 18th place with 25. Only a very unlikely series of results between the last six points will set Vizela down, but for Álvaro Pacheco and his sons it never spins. In the last seven 34-round seasons (2014/2015 to date), 35 points at the end of the race meant it didn’t even go to the final playoffs.

If that is the case, the Vizelenses may be missing only three points to ensure maintenance for the first time in their short I League history (an increase in 1983/84 and a decrease in 1984/1985). However, the last three games will not be simple: FC Porto (away), Marítimo (home) and Moreirense (away).

Everything is much more complicated, yes, among the last five: Famalicão, Arouca, Moreirense, Tondela and Belenenses SAD will continue to fight for permanence until the end, as they are separated by only five points and when there are still nine in the game. It’s going to be awful, even due to the random variations of these teams in the last four rounds of the championship: Belenenses SAD added seven points, Vizela and Moreirense six, Arouca and Tondela left four and Famalicão only two. The Famalicences had only four in the last seven rounds and dropped from 11th place (six points more than in the playoffs) to 14th place (four ahead).

There are also four games with teams directly at risk: Moreirense-Vizela, Belenenses SAD-Famalicão and Arouca-Belenenses SAD. Which, at least in theory, increases Belenenses SAD’s chances of fighting for maintenance, as they face Famalicão and Arouca on tours 33 and 34.

In fact, the Belenenses SAD score has skyrocketed in the last seven games. With two wins (Portimonense and Vizela), four draws (Tondela, Santa Clara, Estoril and Boavista) and just one loss (Benfica), the team led by Franclim Carvalho has scored 10 points per day 25: an average of 1.43 per match. In the previous 24, it was only 15: 0.63. Seven days ago, after the 24th round, the Belenenses SAD was seven (!) Points away from the first absolute resting place, 15th. Now it retains its last place, but it’s only two points from number one above the playoffs.

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