Maritimo vs Nacional
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 31 March 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Estadio dos Barreiros (Funchal).
A real buzz is expected in and around Estadio dos Barreiros on Sunday afternoon when Maritimo play host to Nacional in a super important relegation six-pointer in 27th round of Primeira Liga. With just one point separating the two sides who sit right on the brink of the relegation area, we can say stakes will be sky high when these two outfits come across each other.
O Maior das Ilhas will rely on Nacional’s dreadful away record in look for points here. The visitors won 2, drew 3 and lost 7 of 12 matches on the road in this term of Primeira Liga. They conceded league high 38 goals in the process.
This will be the music to the ears of Maritimo’s talisman Joel who inspired team’s 3-2 victory over Moreirense in the previous home fixture in the league with a brace. Cameroonian forward thus became team’s top scorer with four goals to his name. He should have plenty of room to back up the mentioned display from the Moreirense tie here against one of the weakest defensive sides in the entire division.
Maritimo vs Nacional: Head-to-head
Nacional lead the head to head tie by two wins coming into 33rd meeting with O Maior das Ilhas.
Alvinegros took a narrow 1-0 victory when they hosted Maritimo in mid-November last year at Estadio da Madeira.
Just one of past seven head to head matches saw three or more goals scored.
Maritimo vs Nacional: Prediction
Nacional will definitely head into this as form underdogs. They lost last two league outings to Portimonense and Rio Ave and they have not been pulling up any trees on recent travels.
Alvinegros lost seven consecutive outings on the road across competitions. They shipped at least two goals in each of these defeats (including ten to Benfica and five to Portimonense).
Maritimo played very well on the home pitch lately as they’ll come into this off the back of a goalless draw to Sporting Lisbon and a 2-1 win over Moreirense. Home win is the way to go here.
Maritimo vs Nacional: Bet Tips
Maritimo to win @ 1.95 (19/20)
Maritimo Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.00 (1/1).