Nacional vs Boavista
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Thursday, 22nd December 2016
Kick-off at 17:00 UK
Venue: Estádio da Madeira (Funchal).
C.D. Nacional are finding it hard to replicate the performance that earned an 11th place finish in the league last season. Coming on the back of a 3-2 win over the relegation threatened Tondela, the Alvinegros were beaten 2-1 by Rio Ave last weekend. The result kept Nacional at 15th position in the league table, only two places above the relegation zone. The win against Tondela is their lone win in 8 matches and were beaten 5 times during the period.
Boavista are just 1 place above Nacional in the standings with a 3 point advantage. They haven’t won in their last four matches and a 1-1 draw at Tondela was on the back of three consecutive defeats. Just like Nacional, Boavista had won only 3 games from their 14 matches this season. The only difference is that they picked 3 draws more than their Thursday’s opponent.
Nacional vs Boavista: Head-to-head stats
Nacional are unbeaten in the last four matches against Boavista with 3 wins and a draws. Also, Boavista have failed to score in the last three matches against Nacional. Moreover, Nacional were beaten only twice in the last 13 matches by Boavista in all competitions.
At home, Nacional are unbeaten in the last 5 Primeira Liga games with 4 wins and a draw. Also, they kept clean sheets in four games during the period.
Nacional vs Boavista: Prediction
This is a clash between two teams at the lower end of their forms. However, there is a slight advantage for Nacional due to their home advantage and good head-to-head record over Boavista is recent seasons. The teams have plenty of defensive vulnerabilities, so both teams to score can be used as an alternative bet.
Nacional vs Boavista: Bet Tips
Nacional to win at 11/10 (2.10)
Both Teams to Score at 12/11 (2.05).