With Porto proclaimed champion and the European places closed, the last day of the Portuguese League will decide which teams go directly to the Second Division, a destination from which Tondela, Moreirense and Belenenses are trying to escape.
Relegation is played this Saturday afternoon, the day that Porto will also take to the pitch, hosting Estoril at home after being crowned champion last day and winning their 30th league title.
The three teams in discord have a complicated future: none of them will ensure permanence on this last day, but they are fighting to be third from the bottom and thus be able to play for the place in first in a playoff against the third-placed Second. The last two classified will go down to second directly.
Belenenses, bottom with 25 points, have it the most difficult, although a victory could serve them well if Moreirense (26 points) and Tondela (27 points) stumble. Those from Belém, who this year have only managed to win five games, visit the Arouca stadium, which guaranteed salvation last day and will play without pressure.
At the same time, Moreirense will face Vizela at home, another of the teams that secured their permanence last week. Moreirense is worth a win or a draw, depending on what the other two teams do, although it does not depend on itself.
The only one that does and will play the playoff for sure if they win is Tondela, which also has the field factor and hosts Boavista, a historic club that finished in the middle of the table this year. If they draw or lose, Tondela’s future will depend on what their rivals do.
The club, which until five days ago was trained by the Spanish Pako Ayestarán, could receive one of lime and one of sand this year: it can go down to second but is classified for the final of the Portuguese Cup, which will play against Porto.
The champion, who certified the League title in a dream setting, the stadium of eternal rival Benfica, will play his last game on Saturday against Estoril and will later be received at the City Hall of the northern city to celebrate the championship.
On Saturday the only team that was able to dispute the title until almost the end will also play, Sporting, who host Santa Clara at home. Porto and Sporting have a direct pass to the group stage of the next Champions League, while Benfica, third-placed, will have to play a preliminary round.
The ‘eagles’, who have had a disappointing season at home but managed to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League, will finish the league at the Paços de Ferreira stadium, the game that opens matchday 34 this Friday.
The rest of the European positions are also closed, waiting to know what will happen in the cup final. Braga, fourth, and Gil Vicente, fifth, are classified for the Conference League.
Braga will close the season on Sunday in Famalicao, while Gil Vicente will face Vitoria de Guimarães, also away. Vitoria, sixth, is the team that is most aware of what could happen in the Cup final.
If Tondela wins it, they will take the Europa League place. If Porto wins, Braga will go to that competition and Vitoria will sneak into the Conference League.