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Nacional visit Estádio Nacional on Saturday for the Primeira Liga meeting with home team Belenenses.
All Belenenses v Nacional game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below (plus the best game odds).
Belenenses head into this match following on from a 0-0 Primeira Liga stalemate versus Famalicão.
In that match, Belenenses managed 40% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Famalicão got 6 shots at goal with 0 of them on target.
Their more recent scorelines show that there has been much resilience in the Belenenses rearguard. Azuis have kept it tight, with the tally of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their past 6 games standing at 4.
Looking at their past form shows that Belenenses:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Nacional in their last 7 matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 matches in the league.
After a loss in their previous game against Farense in Primeira Liga competition, Nacional and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Nacional had 58% possession and 10 shots on goal with 4 on target. For Nacional, goals were scored by João Vigário (68') and Pedro Mendes (83', 86' Own goal). Farense had 9 shots on goal with 4 on target. André Pinto (51') and Ryan Gauld (62') scored for Farense.
In the course of their 6 most recent matches, Luís Freire's Nacional have had reason to celebrate scoring 7 times thus earning them the goals scored per game average of 1.17.
A look at their previous results shows us that Nacional:
- have not registered a win against Belenenses in games played away from home for the previous 4 matches in the league. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are undefeated in their previous 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 08/05/2016 shows that Belenenses have won 3 of them & Nacional 0, with the number of draws standing at 3.
An aggregate of 13 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 9 from Azuis and 4 belonging to Os Alvinegros. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.17.
The last league meeting featuring these sides was Primeira Liga match day 3 on 04/10/2020 when it finished Nacional 0-0 Belenenses.
On that occasion, Nacional had 56% possession and 18 shots on goal with 4 on target.
On the other side, Belenenses had 7 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Vitor Ferreira.
Team News: Belenenses
Chima Akas (Unknown Injury), Nilton Varela (Ruptured knee ligament) and Eduardo Kau (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing for Belenenses boss Armando Petit.
Team News: Nacional
Owing to an otherwise available squad, there’s only a single fitness worry for the Nacional gaffer Luís Freire to be concerned with. Brayan Riascos (Muscle Injury) won’t be in action.
We feel that over the course of the game, Nacional might need a bit of good fortune to breach the defence of this Belenenses lineup who will likely score one, at least.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a very even contest with a 1-0 victory for Belenenses when the full-time whistle blows.
It should be a good one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Nacional (37,593)
Captain: Silvestre Varela
Chairman: Rui Pedro Soares
Manager: Armando Petit
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 12
🔑 Key Player: Mateo Cassierra
Generally played in the Striker position, Mateo Cassierra was born in Barbacoas, Colombia. After having made a senior debut playing for Deportivo Cali in the 2015 season, the dangerous Forward has contributed 3 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far from a total of 18 appearances.