Maritimo vs Pacos Ferreira
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Tuesday, 8th August 2017
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Estadio dos Barreiros (Funchal).
Teams finished at opposite ends of the table last season face-off on the matchday 1 of the 2017/18 Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Maritimo’s competitive season started off with their involvement in the Europa League qualifiers. They defeated Bulgarian club Botev Plovdiv 2-0 on aggregate, the two decisive goals coming in the second leg at their home ground. The Green-and-Reds are tipped against Dinamo Kiev in the play-off round of the competition.
On the other hand, Pacos de Ferreira are heading into the Primeira Liga campaign on the back of a 2-1 away win against Arouca in the League Cup.
Ferreira finished 13 in the table last season, a downfall from the 7th placed achieved in 2015/16 season. Meanwhile, Maritimo were 6th in the league last season, a vast improvement from the 13th placed finish a season earlier.
Maritimo vs Pacos Ferreira: Head-to-head
The teams met on the final day of the 2016/17 season at Ferreira and settled for a goal-less draw. At the same time, Maritimo won 3-1 in the reverse leg.
The six meetings from last three seasons is evenly split with 2 wins and 2 draws.
Also, we see a similar pattern in Maritimo’s recent home meetings with Pacos Ferreira, there are 2 wins and 2 defeats.
Interestingly, Pacos Ferreira scored in all of their 13 visits to the Estadio dos Barreiros since 2006.
Maritimo vs Pacos Ferreira: Predictions
Both teams will be looking to kick start their campaign with a win. But Maritimo had grown into a strong home team in recent seasons that proved too hard for strongest teams in the league to crack down.
Ferreira are a poor away side and managed just 2 wins from their 17 matches last season, suffering defeats in 11. Also, they ended up conceding 34 goals with a negative goal difference of 17.
The combined analysis of these facts are indication a narrow home win on Tuesday night.
Maritimo vs Pacos Ferreira: Bet Tips
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