Nacional vs Benfica
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 2 September 2018
Kick-Off at 18:30 UK
Venue: Estadio de Madeira (Funchal).
In the fourth round of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Nacional are going to face a hard challenge as they are hosting Benfica.
After spending a season in the second tier of the Portuguese league pyramid, Nacional managed to secure an express comeback to the top flight. They finished as the top-placed side and suffered just five defeats in the entire campaign.
Costinha’s side has been clinical in front of the oppositions’ goal, and they have been involved in high scoring matches.
Home side allowed just one defeat at their ground in 19 occasions. After suffering two straight defeats at the beginning of the current campaign, Nacional managed to bounce back with a win over Vitoria Setubal.
Benfica are naturally one of the title contenders and they failed to win once so far, in a derby match against Sporting. They finished as the runners-up last time and needed to go into the Champions League qualifiers.
However, the visitors secured the group stage spot after eliminating PAOK in the last round of the qualifiers. Jonas and the lads have been very efficient last season while their defending has been excellent. Benfica have suffered just one defeat at away pitches last season.
Nacional vs Benfica: Head-to-head
Nacional are in an awful streak against their rivals as they failed to avoid a defeat since 2013. Since then, they’ve suffered eleven defeats in a row in the clashes which were pretty much efficient. The hosts celebrated their latest victory against Benfica back in 2010.
Nacional vs Benfica: Prediction
Benfica are strong favourites in this one, and although it is never too easy to play in Funchal, they should be able to get back home with three points. The visitors should continue their winning streak against their opponents.
The visitors have been producing a lot of goals and their clashes usually went over 2.5 margin. Since these two sides are producing efficient encounters, this one shouldn’t be much different, and we should be able to see at least three goals.
Nacional vs Benfica: Bet Tips
Away win @ 1.48
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.65.