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Marítimo will arrive at Estádio da Luz on Monday for the Primeira Liga showdown with home team Benfica.
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Benfica, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-2 Primeira Liga success against Braga.
In that match, Benfica managed 61% possession and 10 shots at goal with 5 on target. For Benfica, goals were scored by Rafa Silva (45') and Haris Seferović (56'). On the other side, SC Braga had 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
Their more recent scorelines really do illustrate the point that much respect should be given to the Benfica defence. Benfica have been stingy, resulting in the tally of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper over the course of their last six games standing at 3. Having said that, we will just have to wait and see if the trend will persist here in this game.
Going into this one, Benfica have not been beaten in their last 8 league matches at home. It's been impressive.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Famalicão in Primeira Liga competition, Marítimo and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Marítimo managed 46% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Famalicão got 13 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Ivo Rodrigues (32', 50') and Anderson Oliveira (37', 78') scored for Famalicão.
The attacking players from Marítimo have made hard work of scoring goals in their past 6 encounters, netting the disappointing return of just 4. In those matches, Os Verde-Rubros have also seen the collective goal tally of their opponents equal 11.
Going into this encounter, Marítimo are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 03/03/2018 shows us that Benfica have won 5 of these games & Marítimo 1, with the number of draws standing at 0.
A total of 21 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 18 from Benfica and 3 being from Os Verde-Rubros. The average goals per game has been 3.5.
The last league contest featuring these sides was Primeira Liga match day 8 on 30/11/2020 when it ended Marítimo 1-2 Benfica.
That time, Marítimo had 27% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Their only player to score was Rodrigo Pinho (14').
For their opponents, Benfica had 12 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Pizzi (32') and Everton (51') scored.
The referee was Manuel Mota.
Team News: Benfica
Gabriel (Hamstring Injury), André Almeida (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Nuno Tavares (Ankle Injury) and Andreas Samaris (Achilles tendon surgery) will not be taking part for Benfica manager Jorge Jesus. Pizzi will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Team News: Marítimo
Owing to a completely injury-free group available to select from, Marítimo manager Julio Velázquez has zero fitness worries at all ahead of this match.
Our assessment is that Marítimo certainly have the ability to put a goal past this Benfica team, although it might not prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We reckon that it will be a very close game with a 2-1 victory for Benfica at the end of the match. Should be a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio da Luz (64,642)
Captain: Jardel Nivaldo Vieira
Chairman: Luís Filipe Vieira
Manager: Jorge Jesus
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 3
🔑 Key Man: Darwin Núñez
Typically played in the Striker position, Darwin Núñez was born in Artigas, Uruguay. After having made a senior debut playing for UD Almería in the 2019 - 2020 season, the skilful Forward has hit 4 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 20 appearances.