NICK LEYDEN - Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tony Taylor and Estoril will visit Oliveirense for the second time in just over a month, with new teammate Greg Garza hoping to make his debut.
After winning a Taça da Liga game in Oliveira de Azeméis a little over a month ago, Estoril will again visit the Estádio Carlos Osório on Sunday as they look to maintain the momentum of a two-game winning streak.
Two weeks ago Os Canarinhos picked up their first league win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Covilhã, in which Taylor scored; and last week Estoril defeated the same Covilhã team in the Taça de Portugal.
In fact, Estoril has lost only once in six competitive games this season meaning coach Vinícius Eutrópio is unlikely to make significant changes to his preferred lineup.
Taylor, therefore, can expect to once again be a second half substitute despite being tied for the team lead in goals.
Injuries to Paulo Sérgio and João Coimbra kept the two attackers out of practice earlier in the week, however, so there is a chance that the former US U-20 striker will be called upon to play a larger role.
Fellow Yank Greg Garza, who has been unavailable for selection since his transfer from Lisbon giant Sporting, will also be looking to appear on the game day roster for the first time, while midfielder Bryan Arguez will continue to miss out.
The hosts, who opened their league campaign with a slim home victory over Fátima, crashed to a 3-0 defeat away to Aves.
They have struggled to score so far this season, averaging less than a goal per game in all competitions, which is bad news against an Estoril defense which has not conceded more than a single goal in any game.