Vizela, Arouca, Tondela, Moreirense and Belenenses SAD. These are the five victims who, over the past two days, will try to seize the maintenance rope.
Famalicão, who has already given up the calculator, had a very successful 32nd day. In addition to winning (3-1) against Estoril, he also saw four of his direct opponents drop points – only Arouca also won. The most that can happen to him is to see his 33 points tied, but in no mini-league he will ever be last, so it is already guaranteed in the next edition.
There are no convicts yet, but the accounts at the bottom of the leaderboard are, of course, complicated and with a lot of variables. An almost absolute certainty is that to ensure a clean stay, Belenenses SAD need two wins and Tondela and Moreirense do not win – Franclim Carvalho’s men are at a disadvantage with almost all direct competitors except Arouca, with whom they will still play.
Vizela is the one with the specs with the fewest items to fill out and can fix the problem over the weekend. It would be a major feat for Álvaro Pacheco’s men, as in his previous spell at the top level, in 1984/1985, he didn’t stay at the top of domestic football for more than a season.
In terms of advantages in direct confrontations, the Vizelenses are much more relaxed than the opponents, because they haven’t yet obtained an advantage over Moreirense, with whom they will always play. Speaking of Moreirense, Sá Pinto’s team have an advantage over Arouca, Tondela and Belenenses SAD, but the problem is the lack of points, which puts them in the hands of third parties.
Tondela, among the five, only has an advantage over Belenenses SAD, so they are also dependent. Arouca is at a disadvantage with Vizela and Moreirense, but if they win at Braga and Tondela loses, they are safe from the start.
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