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The Primeira Liga clash at Parque Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on Thursday will see home side Moreirense lock horns with opponents Nacional.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for Moreirense v Nacional - along with the latest match odds.
Moreirense will be looking for an improved result here following the 2-0 Primeira Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Vitória Guimarães.
In that match, Moreirense had 60% possession and 14 shots at goal with 2 on target. At the other end, Vitória Guimarães got 15 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. André Almeida (30') was the scorer for Vitória Guimarães.
It has not been often in recent times that Moreirense have shown defensive steel. The facts show that Os verdes e brancos have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 8 goals on the way.
Pre-game facts show that Moreirense:
- have not lost a league tie with Nacional in their previous 7 games.
- are without a home win in the past 9 league games. It's been disappointing.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Sporting Lisbon in Primeira Liga competition, Nacional will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Nacional managed 30% possession and 2 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Sporting CP had 19 shots at goal with 8 on target. Zouhair Feddal (83') and Jovane Cabral (90') scored for Sporting Lisbon.
It has become apparent that Nacional have suffered from a lack of goals over their last six clashes, recording the disappointing return of just 4. In those matches, Os Alvinegros have also seen the overall goal tally against them equal 15. That trend might not follow through into this next game, of course.
Their past results show that Nacional:
- have left without a victory over Moreirense in away games against them for the last 3 matches in the league.
- are without an away win for the past 6 matches in the league.
Head to head
Delving into past results between these clubs going back to 24/04/2016 reveals that these encounters have not been fruitful for Nacional. They’ve not managed to get any victories whatsoever while Moreirense have been the better of the two, winning in 100% of those matches played.
A total of 13 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 10 from Os verdes e brancos and 3 netted by Os Alvinegros. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.17.
The last league meeting between these sides was Primeira Liga match day 14 on 17/01/2021 when it finished Nacional 0-1 Moreirense.
In that game, Nacional had 50% possession and 18 shots on goal with 3 on target.
Moreirense had 15 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Steven Vitória (78') was the scorer.
The referee was Vitor Ferreira.
Team News: Moreirense
Sori Mané (Unknown Injury), Pedro Amador (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Pedro Nuno (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be able to feature for Moreirense gaffer Vasco Seabra.
Team News: Nacional
Nacional boss Manuel Machado has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Daniel Guimarães (Cancer), Vincent Thill (Pubitis) and Witi (Unknown Injury) miss out here.
We think that Nacional will have to work hard as a team to score against this Moreirense outfit who we reckon will be able to grind out a win.
We therefore see a 1-0 winning margin for Moreirense when the full-time whistle blows.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Parque Joaquim de Almeida Freitas (6,153)
Captain: Steven Vitória
Chairman: Vítor Magalhães
Manager: Vasco Seabra
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 8
⭐ Star Player: Rafael Martins
Mostly used in the Striker position, Rafael Martins was born in Santos, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Barueri in the 2010 season, the dangerous Forward has accumulated 6 league goals in the Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 16 appearances.