Maritimo vs Nacional
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Monday, 20th February 2017
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio dos Barreiros, Funchal (Madeira).
Two biggest rivals from Madeira-neighbours lock horns in the Portugal Primeira Liga fixture on Monday as Maritimo welcomes Nacional to the Estadio dos Barreiros.
C.S. Maritimo made a big forward jump in the Portugal Primeira Liga table with their unbeaten run of 7 matches. They were held to a goal-less draw by Rio Ave in the last round fixture, which is their third draw inside four matches. Meanwhile, they moved up to 7th in the league table with the Europa League spot at a touching distance of 3 points.
At home, the Green and Reds are a formidable unit. Both Benfica and Braga tasted defeats here, while Sporting Lisbon had to return with a point. The team managed by Daniel Ramos is unbeaten in their last 8 home games, with 6 of them being wins.
Nacional are one of the two teams placed inside the relegation zone. They are coming on the back of a 1-1 home draw against Belenenses, yet the win-less streak is stretched to 8 matches.
The Alvinegros are one of the worst away sides in the league and managed a meager 4 points from their 10 matches on the road. Talking about poor confidence, they are coming on the back of 6 consecutive away defeats.
Maritimo vs Nacional: Head-to-head stats
Most recent meetings between the sides saw Nacional earning a comfortable 2-0 win. This is one of their 3 league wins in the current campaign.
The overall head-to-head tips in favor of Nacional as they have won in 6 matches as against Maritimo’s 2, with 2 matches seeing draws. A home team haven’t won in the last 9 meetings between the two sides.
Maritimo have a better record in home games against Nacional as they lost just once in the last 13 league meetings, with 8 wins and 4 draws.
Maritimo vs Nacional: Prediction
We can put the faith on Maritimo in this fixture as they have proved to be a tough nut to crack at home. Nacional under tremendous pressure due as they sit deep inside the relegation zone. Moreover, the visitors overall form coming into this match is extremely poor.
Expect no mercy for the struggling Madeira-neighbours here. This must end in a comfortable win for the home side, most probably with a clean sheet.
Maritimo vs Nacional: Bet Tips
Maritimo to win at 1.80 (4/5)
First-Half – Over 0.5 goals at 1.50 (1/2).