Nacional vs Portimonense
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 26 October 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Madeira (Funchal).
Both Nacional and Portimonense disappointed heavily in their maiden Taca da Portugal ties last weekend. Alvinegros fell 4-3 away at lower-division Lusitano FCV, while the team from Portimao also lost their respective tie against the Segunda Liga side Cova Piedade (2-1).
These two likes are expected to struggle down in the relegation scrap throughout the entire season which is why their Friday’s head to head clash at Estadio de Madeira has ingredients of being a relegation six-pointer.
It’s the visitors who will come into it in much higher spirits, though, as they managed a huge 4-2 victory over league heavyweights Sporting Lisbon in the previous round of Primeira Liga. It was their second win of the season and second consecutive at Estadio Municipal de Portimao with the team netting as many as seven goals in the process.
Nacional vs Portimonense: Head-to-head
It’s been six years since the two teams last played each other in a competitive contest and back then they were battling it out in Taca da Liga.
This will be their sixth head to head encounter.
Teams snatched a single win apiece so far as three matches ending without a winner.
Just one of five H2H outings offered three or more goals.
Nacional vs Portimonense: Prediction
Alvinegros can certainly feel the strength of a higher division football at the start of the new season. They are struggling badly for goals at the moment and will come into this having only found the back of the net once in last four Primeira Liga matches.
The hosts won just one seven games and sit second from bottom having collected no more than five points so far. They might fancy their chances against an outfit which lost each of four competitive games on the road this season.
However, we will rather back a low-scoring contest which looks to be the safest of picks here. Also, the value-seekers might fancy the 3.40 odds offered for a draw here.
Nacional vs Portimonense: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10 (11/10)
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5).