Portimonense vs Farense

Algarve football round-up: Derby fever! 

Liga Portugal Betclic:

Farense 1-0 Gil Vicente

Rio Ave 2-0 Portimonense

Portimonense will hope to provide local rivals Farense with a hot reception at the Municipal Stadium this Friday evening. The first Algarve derby for a couple of years will kick off at 8.15pm in front of what should be a full house, with the hosts desperately in search of a much-needed win in order to gain some distance from the relegation places – manager Paulo Sérgio’s men currently share the third from bottom relegation play-off place with Rio Ave and Gil Vicente on 15 points, while Farense sit in a comfortable-looking seventh place on 21 points.

The just-mentioned Rio Ave and Gil Vicente clubs ironically provided the opposition for the two Algarve clubs last weekend, the first named ending up two goals to the good during an otherwise uneventful contest to hand Portimonense their sixth defeat in the last seven matches.

In contrast, Farense ended their run of four winless games with a 1-0 victory over Gil Vicente largely thanks to the efforts of goalkeeper Ricardo Velho and a last minute Vitor Gonçalves strike.

Whatever the outcome of this season’s inaugural Algarve derby, Portimonense should be able to improve their future performances with the arrival of two important January transfer window targets.

23-year-old third division top scorer Tamble Monteiro, nine times on target for Felgueiras, born in Coimbra of Guinean-Angolan parentage, will be hoping to emulate now Everton striker Beto who was also plucked from Portugal’s lower tiers by the Algarveans while 27-year-old ex-Setúbal winger Hildeberto Pereira should provide plenty of experience most recently gained during a four-year spell in China with Kunshan and Henan FCs.

By SKIP BANDELE