Relegation battle

On Monday evening, Olhanense meet Académica at the Algarve Stadium in what could be a defining moment of the season for both teams.
Académica, managed by former Olhanense boss Sérgio Conceição, are just one point below the Algarve side.

Conceição was given a ‘vote of confidence’ after the team was dumped out of the League Cup last weekend but another poor result could tip the scales the other way. On the other hand, Olhanense’s new coach Paulo Alves has been buoyed by the return to fitness of skipper Rui Duarte, wing-back Luis Felipe and Italian striker Dionisi.

Kick-off at the Algarve Stadium on Monday is 8.15pm and tickets can be purchased on the evening. During the international break, there have been positive signs of improvement within the squad as illustrated by the 2-1 win in the friendly against Louletano.

The operation on Jander’s injured shoulder was successful but he will remain out-of-action until at least the New Year.