The first leg in Guimaraes had ended 3-0 in favour of the Vitoria SC courtesy of strikes from Ruben Lameiras, Tiago Silva and Anderson.
Puskas Academy will host Vitoria de Guimaraes in the second leg of the Europa Conference League qualifier at Pancho Arena on Thursday. The first leg in Guimaraes had ended 3-0 in favour of the Vitoria SC courtesy of strikes from Ruben Lameiras, Tiago Silva and Anderson. The Portuguese outfit have one step firmly on the next round, while the hosts will need to do the unthinkable to overturn a three-goal deficit in the home leg. Puskas Academy is aclub formed in 2005 to commemorate Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas. The Hungarian outfit managed to secure an impressive third place finish in the last edition of the domestic league, while Vitoria SC finished sixth in the Primeira Liga last term
𝑺𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒔𝒐 ⚔
— Vitória Sport Clube (@VitoriaSC1922) July 28, 2022
The Hungarian outfit has managed to secure a place in the Europa conference League qualifier for the second successive year, having been eliminated in the second round of qualification last term by Rigas Futbola Skola. Puskas Academy have recorded one win and three defeats in friendlies this summer, starting with a 4-0 win over St Polten, before going down against Slavia Praha (1-0) and Hoffenhein (2-0). Vitoria SC, on the other hand, started the summer with a 1-0 friendly win over Torrense before losing 2-1 against FC Porto in their second pre-season friendly. After the second leg encounter on Thursday, the Conquerors will face Chaves in their 2022-23 Primeira Liga campaign against Chaves on august 8.
Puskas Academy head coach Hornyak is unlikely to make too many alterations to the side that started in the first leg. Alexandru Baluta, who netted seven times last season, is expected to lead the attack alongside Luciano Slagveer and Lamin Colley. Yoell van Nieff could sit in front of the back four while Kiss and Mezghrani might play a slightly advanced role in the midfield. As for Vitoria SC, last game’s goal-scorer Anderson Silva is pushing for a place in the starting eleven. Bruno Varela is expected to continue in goal with the likes of Maga, Jorge Fernandes, Abdul Mumin and Ryoya Ogawa forming the four-man defence in front of him.
Puskas Academy probable starting lineup: Markek; Szolnoki, Stronati, Spandler, Nagy; Mezghrani, Van Nieff, Kiss; Colley, Baluta, Slagveer.
Vitoria de Guimaraes probable starting lineup: Valera; Maga, Fernandes, Mumin, Ogawa; T. Silva, Semedo, Almeida, J. silva, Anderson, Lameiras.
The Europa conference League qualifier between Puskas Academy and Vitoria de Guimaraes will take place at the Pancho Arena on Friday at 12:30 am IST.
The live coverage of the match is available on Sport TV 1, Sport TV Multiscreen and M4 Sports.