NICK LEYDEN - Thursday, March 25, 2010
Kamani Hill and C.D. Aves will look to maintain their recent momentum when they visit Feirense on Sunday.
Having lost only once in their previous seven games, Aves hopes to continue its ascension up the Liga Vitalis standings with a victory over fifth-place Feirense, while Hill will look to score his first goal in Portugal.
The Aves attack will be spearheaded by 19 year old João Silva, who leads the team with 10 goals, including two in last week's 3-0 destruction of Covilhã.
Defensively Aves will be primarily concerned with slowing Feirense's Brazilian duo of Roberto and Adilson, the latter of which poses an injury concern for the hosts after being forced to leave their previous contest against Gil Vicente just before the half.
Former Wolfsburg forward Hill, who has appeared as a substitute in Aves' last four games after arriving on loan from Vitória Guimarães in February, will also look to build upon recent performances.
The versatile UCLA product was handed his longest shift of the season by coach Micael Sequeira last week against Covilhã when he replaced forward Alexandre Fernandes in the 57th minute.
It is the second time the two northern clubs have squared off this season, with the first meeting in Vila das Aves ending in a 1-1 tie three months before the twice-capped Hill arrived.
Aves currently sit in sixth place, one point behind their hosts, and only five points outside of an automatic promotion spot.