Famalicao vs Casa Pia Predictions

Famalicao vs Casa Pia predictions for this Primeira Liga clash. Famalicao to host Casa Pia in Primeira Liga season finale, with Casa Pia chasing a top-half finish. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Primeira Liga  | Gameweek 34 – May 17, 2024 at 6.45pm UK at Estadio Municipal 22 de Junho

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Famalicao vs Casa Pia Predictions

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Famalicão vs Casa Pia: A High-Stakes Finale for Top-Half Aspirations

Key Stats

– Famalicão have scored two or more goals in five of their last ten home matches.

– Casa Pia have seen over 2.5 goals in eight of their last ten away matches.

– Henrique Araújo is poised to capitalise on Casa Pia’s defensive weaknesses with his clinical finishing.

Bringing the curtain down on another top-flight campaign, Famalicão will welcome top-half chasers Casa Pia to Estadio Municipal 22 de Junho on Friday night in the Primeira Liga. Famalicenses will be aiming to record three straight victories at the end of the term, whilst Os Gansos are looking to halt a run of back-to-back defeats.

Match Preview

Context of the Match

Famalicão concluded a challenging April with a series of four matches without a victory in the Primeira Liga. However, they have turned things around impressively in May, securing back-to-back wins against Portuguese giants Benfica and, most recently, Chaves away from home. These victories have been underpinned by solid defensive performances and the goalkeeping heroics of Luiz Junior. The young Gustavo Sa’s goal secured all three points against Chaves, marking a second consecutive clean sheet for Famalicão.

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With only one game left, Famalicão sit comfortably in eighth place, unable to move up or down the table. This stability at the end of the season is a testament to their consistent performance, which has established them as a top-half team in the Primeira Liga, a significant achievement for a club that was in the lower tiers of Portuguese football as recently as 2018.

Casa Pia, on the other hand, have seen their hopes of a top-half finish fade with consecutive defeats to Braga and Moreirense in May. Despite controlling much of the play against Moreirense, they failed to score and were punished by a single goal from Goncalo Franco. Their recent form has been patchy, with just one win in their last six games, leaving them 12th in the table and needing other results to go their way if they are to break into the top nine.

Expected Lineups and Tactical Outlook

Famalicão’s Predicted Lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Luiz Junior
  • Defenders: Martin Aguirregabiria, Enea Mihaj, Riccieli, Francisco Moura
  • Midfielders: Zaydou Youssouf, Mirko Topic, José Luis Rodríguez, Gustavo Sa, Chiquinho
  • Forward: Henrique Araújo

Famalicão will likely stick with a 4-5-1 formation, focusing on a solid defensive setup while utilising the pace and creativity of their wide players. Rodriguez and Sa will be crucial in transitioning from defence to attack, while Chiquinho will look to support Araújo in finding scoring opportunities.

Casa Pia’s Predicted Lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Lucas Paes Souza
  • Defenders: Andres Geraldes, Nermin Zolotic, João Nunes, Ruben Lameiras
  • Midfielders: Pablo Roberto, Angelo Pelegrinelli Neto, Beni Mukendi, Leonardo Lelo, Yuki Soma
  • Forward: Nuno Moreira

Casa Pia may opt for a flexible 4-5-1 formation, focusing on maintaining possession and quick counter-attacks. The midfield trio of Roberto, Neto, and Mukendi will aim to control the centre of the pitch, while Soma and Lelo will provide width and pace to support Moreira upfront.

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Key Player Battles

Gustavo Sa vs. Nermin Zolotic

Sa, a young and dynamic midfielder, will face a tough challenge against Casa Pia’s experienced defender Zolotic. Sa’s ability to drive forward and create chances will test Zolotic’s defensive skills and positional awareness.

Henrique Araújo vs. Lucas Paes Souza

Araújo, leading the line for Famalicão, will be up against Casa Pia’s goalkeeper Paes Souza. Araújo’s clinical finishing and movement in the box will look to exploit any weaknesses in Paes Souza’s goalkeeping.

Tactical Analyses

Famalicão’s Strategy

Famalicão will likely employ a strategy that focuses on solid defence and quick transitions. Their recent clean sheets indicate a strong defensive unit, with Luiz Junior’s goalkeeping being pivotal. The midfield will play a crucial role in breaking up Casa Pia’s play and launching counter-attacks, with Rodriguez and Sa providing the creative spark.

Casa Pia’s Strategy

Casa Pia will aim to control possession and exploit the flanks with their pacey wingers. Their approach will involve quick passing and movement to break down Famalicão’s defensive lines. Despite recent struggles in front of goal, their ability to create chances will be crucial, with Moreira expected to lead the attack effectively.

Strengths and Weaknesses


Strengths: Strong defensive setup, effective counter-attacks, and the ability to maintain clean sheets. Weaknesses: Occasional struggles in maintaining possession and finishing chances consistently.

Casa Pia

Strengths: Solid midfield control, effective in creating scoring opportunities, and good away form. Weaknesses: Inconsistent finishing, defensive lapses, and reliance on key players for creativity.

Managerial Critique

Armando Evangelista

Evangelista has transformed Famalicão into a solid and competitive team. His focus on defensive solidity has paid dividends, but the team’s occasional lack of creativity in attack has been a point of concern. Evangelista’s ability to motivate and organise his players has been key to their top-half finishes.

Gonçalo Santos

Santos has instilled a disciplined approach at Casa Pia, focusing on possession and organised play. However, the team’s recent struggles in converting chances and occasional defensive lapses highlight areas needing improvement. Santos’s tactical flexibility is commendable, but his reliance on a few key players can make the team predictable.

Expected Goals (xG) Analysis

Famalicão’s xG indicates a team that creates a fair number of chances but struggles to convert consistently, averaging 1.1 goals per game. Defensively, they have conceded 1.2 goals per game, showing a relatively solid backline. Casa Pia’s xG shows a similar trend, with an average of 1.1 goals per game scored and 1.5 goals conceded, highlighting their defensive vulnerabilities. This match is likely to be closely contested, with both teams capable of creating and converting opportunities.



1. Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals

Given both teams’ recent form and attacking potential, betting on over 2.5 goals is a strong prediction. Famalicão have scored two or more goals in five of their last ten home matches, while Casa Pia have seen over 2.5 goals in eight of their last ten away matches. This trend suggests a high-scoring encounter, making over 2.5 goals a sound bet.

2. Correct Score: Famalicão 2-1 Casa Pia

Considering Famalicão’s solid home form and Casa Pia’s tendency to concede goals on the road, a 2-1 victory for the hosts appears plausible. Famalicão’s defensive solidity combined with their ability to score crucial goals suggests they will edge out Casa Pia, who despite creating chances, might struggle to convert enough to win.

3. Goalscorer: Henrique Araújo

Araújo, Famalicão’s forward, has shown promise in leading the attack. Given Casa Pia’s defensive frailties, Araújo is well-placed to find the net. His positioning and finishing skills make him a likely candidate to score at least once, capitalising on the opportunities created by his teammates.

4. First Half Result: Famalicão Leading

Famalicão’s strong starts in recent matches suggest they will be leading at half-time. Their ability to score early and control the game’s tempo puts them in a good position to take an early lead against a Casa Pia side that has struggled defensively in the opening periods of matches.

5. Innovative Market: Total Team Shots on Target – Famalicão Over 5.5

Famalicão’s attacking style generates numerous shots on target. Averaging 3.6 shots on target per game, this number tends to increase in high-stakes matches at home. Betting on Famalicão to have over 5.5 shots on target aligns with their offensive approach and statistical averages, making it a strong prediction.

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