Maritimo vs Benfica
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 2nd December 2016
Kick-off at 20:30 UK
Venue: Estadio dos Barreiros, Funchal.
Maritimo will be keen to break their bad run of results against Benfica when the two teams met for the Portuguese Primeira Liga clash on Friday evening.
The Green-and-Reds occupy a comfortable 8th position in the league table after a recent good run built on the back of a strong defense. Maritimo have conceded just 2 goals in their last 6 Primeira league matches picking up 3 wins and 2 draws. Only FC Porto and Benfica can boast of a similar defensive record like Maritimo at the moment.
At the same time, their head-coach Daniel Ramos will be concerned about their goal scoring woes as they managed only 3 goals in the last 5 matches. Maritimo are coming on the back of a goal-less draw at Chaves on matchday 11.
Benfica are riding high at the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga table with a 5 point cushion over second placed Sporting Lisbon. They are coming on the back of a comfortable 3-0 win over Moreirense on matchday 11 extending their unbeaten run in the league to 23 matches. Their last defeat was against Porto at home in last season’s league clash on February 2016. In the streak of 23 matches, they won 21 matches living up to the reputation as one of Portugal’s finest clubs.
Maritimo vs Benfica: Head-to-head stats
The last two meetings between these two sides came in Cup matches and Benfica have scored 6 goals on each occasion. The latest is a match played two weeks ago at Lisbon which ended in 6-0.
Benfica have picked up 8 straight wins against Maritimo in all competitions. Also, Maritimo have beaten Benfica only twice in 34 matches in all competitions.
There are no draws in the last 19 meetings between the two sides since 2009. And Benfica have scored a minimum of 2 goals in 17 matches during the period.
Maritimo vs Benfica: Prediction
The head-to-head stats will give an impression that this is going to be another easy outing for Benfica. At the same time, one must not ignore the fine defense of Maritimo which is getting better as days go on. So we believe this is going to a tough test as Maritimo will be out there to shut out their high profile opponents with little intention of going forward. However, there is plenty of firepower in Benfica’s attack and they will find a way through. But it will be only by the slimmest of the margins.
Maritimo vs Benfica: Bet Tips
Asian Handicap – Maritimo +1.5 at 1.750.
Under 1.5 goals in the first-half at 1.44.