NICK LEYDEN - Thursday, March 31, 2011
In a rare Thursday night game Tony Taylor and Estoril will host Trofense in a matchup that will be crucial to both teams' promotion hopes.
After reeling off a seven game unbeaten streak in the Liga Orangina beginning in late January, Estoril had jumped to sixth place, firmly back into the promotion race.
A road defeat in their most recent outing against Aves has once again put Os Canarinhos' hopes in doubt, thus giving this Thursday's game with Trofense real significance.
A win would move Estoril to within three points of the guests who currently sit in second place, while a loss would drop them nine points outside of a promotion spot with just seven games remaining.
Coming off the international break the hosts have a clean bill of health, with suspended midfielder Carlos Eduardo the only regular set to miss out.
While Coach Vinícius Eutrópio handed Taylor a rare start in the loss against Aves, it would be a surprise if the Brazilian did not recall the lineup which was used throughout the unbeaten streak, relegating Taylor to the bench.
Fellow Yank, Greg Garza, who has made just one appearance for Os Canarinhos this season will not be available as he is currently with the U-20s as they try to secure a place in this summer's World Cup in Colombia.
Trofense coach Porfírio Jardim will be looking for a way to ignite his offense, as the visitors have managed just four total goals in their previous five games, including being shut out twice.
But the northerners will enter the game confidently, buoyed by their 2-1 victory over Estoril in the season's first meeting in November.