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The Primeira Liga tie at Estádio da Madeira on Sunday will see home side Nacional welcome Moreirense.
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Nacional will be looking for an improved result here after a 0-2 Primeira Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Sporting Lisbon.
In that match, Nacional had 42% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 1 on target. Sporting CP got 24 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Nuno Santos (43') and Jovane Cabral (90') scored for Sporting Lisbon.
It has not been often in recent times that Nacional have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Os Alvinegros have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 9 goals during that time.
Coming into this fixture, Nacional are winless against Moreirense in their previous 6 league matches.
Last time out, Moreirense drew 2-2 in the Primeira Liga match with Vitória Guimarães.
In that game, Moreirense had 43% possession and 7 shots on goal with 6 on target. For Moreirense, goals were scored by Felipe Pires (15') and Alex Soares (70'). Vitória Guimarães had 9 shots at goal with 3 on target. Marcus Edwards (20') and André André (68') scored for Vitória Guimarães.
The forward players for Moreirense have made hard work of scoring goals in their past 6 games, recording the poor return of only 4. In those fixtures, Os verdes e brancos have also seen the overall goal tally of their opponents equal 7. Such a trend isn’t assured to be sustained into this match, however.
Their past results show that Moreirense:
- have not been beaten by Nacional when they have played them away from home in the previous 5 league games. A very good run of results for them.
- have not won away from home in their last 7 league games.
Head to head
Looking at past results between these clubs stretching back to 20/12/2015 shows that these fixtures have been miserable for Nacional. They have not been able to get themselves any victories whatsoever while Moreirense have been superior, running out winners in 100% of those match-ups.
An aggregate of 14 goals were scored between them in these games, with 3 for Os Alvinegros and 11 belonging to Os verdes e brancos. That’s an average goals per game of 2.33.
The previous league clash featuring these clubs was Primeira Liga match day 19 on 28/01/2019 which finished with the scoreline of Moreirense 2-1 Nacional.
On that day, Moreirense managed 45% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The scorer was Chiquinho (15', 56').
On the other side, Nacional had 6 shots on goal with 3 on target. Okacha Hamzaoui (87') was the scorer.
The referee was Manuel Mota.
Team News: Nacional
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just one fitness concern for the Nacional boss Luís Freire to be concerned with from an otherwise complete group. Kalindi (Knee Injury) won’t play.
Team News: Moreirense
Moreirense boss César Peixoto has not got a full squad to pick from. Pedro Nuno (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Pedro Amador (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Sori Mané (Unknown Injury), Derik Lacerda (Unknown Injury) and André Luis (Unknown Injury) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Our thinking is that Moreirense will need to apply a lot of pressure to see themselves scoring against this Nacional outfit who we think will likely score at least once to gain the upper hand.
We’re therefore expecting a very competitive game with a 1-0 victory for Nacional when the referee blows for full-time.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio da Madeira (5,586)
Captain: Rúben Micael
Chairman: Rui António Macedo Alves
Manager: Luís Freire
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 11
⭐ Key Man: Brayan Riascos
Mostly played in the Striker position, Brayan Riascos was born in Buenaventura, Colombia. Having made his senior debut playing for Nacional in the 2018 - 2019 season, the talented Forward has scored 4 league goals in the Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 12 appearances.