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Marítimo face off with visiting club Nacional at Estádio do Marítimo in the Primeira Liga game on Saturday.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Marítimo v Nacional can be found here (including the best match odds).
Marítimo will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 2-1 Primeira Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Moreirense.
In that game, Marítimo managed 39% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 3 on target. For Marítimo, the goalscorers were Fábio China (21' Own goal) and Zainadine Júnior (89'). Moreirense had 16 attempts at goal with 9 on target. Pedro Nuno (45') scored for Moreirense.
Three or more goals per game were seen in 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Marítimo have taken part. Their opponents scored 12 of them in these games whereas Os Verde-Rubros managed a tally of 10. We will have to see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Previously, Nacional drew 1-1 in the Primeira Liga match with Paços de Ferreira.
In that game, Nacional had 53% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Nacional was Brayan Riascos (57'). Paços de Ferreira had 18 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Stephen Eustáquio (74') scored for Paços de Ferreira.
Throughout their six previous matches, Luís Freire's Nacional have seen their goal attempts be successful a total of 9 times therefore earning them the goals per game average of 1.5.
Coming into this meeting, Nacional have not emerged victorious against Marítimo when having played them away from home in the previous 6 matches in the league. Not good.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 27/11/2015 tells us that Marítimo have won 2 of these & Nacional 3, with the number of drawn results standing at 1.
An aggregate of 14 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 6 of them from Os Verde-Rubros and 8 for Os Alvinegros. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.33.
The last league game featuring the two was Primeira Liga match day 27 on 31/03/2019 when it finished Marítimo 3-2 Nacional.
That time, Marítimo had 35% possession and 11 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. The scorers were Edgar Costa (5'), Diederrick Joel (16') and Getterson (35').
Nacional got 20 attempts at goal with 6 on target. João Camacho (11') and Bryan Róchez (87') scored.
The match was refereed by Luis Godinho.
Team News: Marítimo
Diego Moreno (Unknown Injury) and Charles (Unknown Injury) are unavailable for Marítimo gaffer Lito Vidigal.
Team News: Nacional
Nacional manager Luís Freire has some current player fitness concerns. João Vigário (Unknown Injury) and Kalindi (Unknown Injury) can’t be considered.
Our feeling is that Nacional may find it difficult to register a score against this Marítimo lineup who we think will emerge victorious.
We therefore fancy a hard-fought 1-0 advantage for Marítimo at the end of this one.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio do Marítimo (10,565)
Captain: Edgar Costa
Chairman: José Carlos Rodrigues Pereira
Manager: Lito Vidigal
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 9
🔑 Star Player: Rodrigo Pinho
Usually taking to the field in the Striker position, Rodrigo Pinho was born in Henstedt-Ulzburg, Germany. Having made his senior debut playing for SC Braga in the 2015 - 2016 season, the gifted Forward has scored 5 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in a total of 5 appearances.