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Benfica face off with away side Marítimo at Estádio da Luz in the Primeira Liga meeting on Sunday.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Benfica v Marítimo can be found here (plus the best game odds).
Benfica will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following a 1-2 Champions League success versus Juventus.
In that match, Benfica managed 56% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. For Benfica, the goals were scored by João Mário (43') and David Neres (55'). For their opponents, Juventus got 11 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Arkadiusz Milik (4') scored for Juventus.
Their more recent scorelines show that much solidity has been shown by the Benfica defence. Benfica have been stingy, seeing the number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their previous 6 matches standing at 4.
Their past results show that Benfica:
- have not lost a league tie with Marítimo in their last 4 matches.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
After tasting defeat last time out to Gil Vicente in Primeira Liga action, Marítimo will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, Marítimo had 39% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for Marítimo was Léo Andrade (27'). On the other side, Gil Vicente had 22 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Fran Navarro (48', 85') was the scorer for Gil Vicente.
Demonstrating their predisposition for high-scoring matches, goals have been seen as many as 21 times in the previous six matches in which Marítimo have taken to the pitch, giving an average of 3.5 goals per fixture. Their opponents have got 17 from this total. Let’s see if that trend can be sustained into this next match.
Going into this one, Marítimo haven’t won away from home in the past 7 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 30/11/2019 tells us that Benfica have won 5 of these & Marítimo 1, with the tally of drawn results standing at 0.
19 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 15 from Benfica and 4 netted by Os Verde-Rubros. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.17.
The last league fixture between these clubs was Primeira Liga match day 32 on 30/04/2022 when it finished Marítimo 0-1 Benfica.
That day, Marítimo had 48% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target.
For their opponents, Benfica got 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Darwin Núñez (2') scored.
The match was refereed by Hélder Malheiro.
Team News: Benfica
Lucas Veríssimo (Ruptured cruciate ligament), João Victor (Ankle Injury) and Morato (Sprained Ankle) won’t be able to feature for Benfica boss Roger Schmidt.
In our view, Benfica will possibly go for a 4-2-3-1 formation for this game featuring Odisseas Vlachodimos, Gilberto, António Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Alejandro Grimaldo, Enzo Fernández, Florentino Luís, David Neres Campos, Rafa Silva, Julian Draxler and Petar Musa.
Team News: Marítimo
Thanks to a mainly available group of players, there is only a single fitness worry for the Marítimo manager Vasco Seabra to be concerned about. Pedro Teixeira (Appendicitis) won’t be in action.
We reckon that Os Verde-Rubros might play in a 4-4-2 formation, starting the game with João Miguel Silva, Claudio Winck, Moisés Mosquera, Léo Andrade, Vitor Costa de Brito, Xadas, Diogo Mendes, Joel Soñora, Antonio Zarzana, Joel Tagueu and Edgar Costa.
In this match, Benfica will most probably be able to create a decent number of chances and shots on target.
Conversely, Marítimo are also probably going to find it difficult to score a goal of their own - but, we do see them converting at least once here.
We’re predicting a fairly comfortable 3-1 victory for Benfica at full-time.
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: André Almeida
Chairman: Rui Costa
Manager: Roger Schmidt
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 1, Champions League (Group H), UCL Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
🔑 Star Man: David Neres
Mostly playing in the Right Wing position, David Neres was born in São Paulo, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for São Paulo in the 2016 season, the talented Forward has managed 2 league goals in the Liga Portugal 2022 - 2023 campaign to date from a total of 5 appearances.