Marítimo will be wanting a better result here following a 2-1 Primeira Liga loss in their previous game against Famalicão.
In that match, Marítimo managed 41% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Marítimo was Joel Tagueu (12'). Famalicão got 18 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Srđan Babić (28') and Carlos Valenzuela (32') scored for Famalicão. Famalicão ran out winners in extra time.
Three or more goals per game have been seen in 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Marítimo have participated. Opposing sides scored 9 times in these games whereas Os Verde-Rubros bagged a total of 8.
Ahead of this clash, Marítimo have not won at home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Previously, Benfica drew 2-2 in the Europa League tie with Rangers.
In that match, Benfica had 62% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Benfica was Pizzi (81'). On the other side, Rangers got 8 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Scott Arfield (7'), Kemar Roofe (69') and James Tavernier (78' Own goal) scored for Rangers.
Proving their appetite for fruitful encounters, we’ve seen goals 23 times in the last 6 matches in which Benfica have taken to the field, giving a mean average of 3.83 goals each meeting. Opposition teams have managed 11 of those goals. While that may be of interest, we will just have to wait and see whether such a trend shall be sustained in this game.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 01/10/2017 shows us that Marítimo have won 1 of these games & Benfica 4, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
A combined sum of 20 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 3 from Os Verde-Rubros and 17 coming from Benfica. That’s an average goals per game of 3.33.
The last league encounter between the two was Primeira Liga match day 29 on 29/06/2020 when the final score was Marítimo 2-0 Benfica.
That day, Marítimo had 31% possession and 6 shots on goal with 2 on target. The scorers were Jorge Correa (74′) and Rodrigo Pinho (78′).
Benfica had 20 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Hélder Malheiro.
Team News: Marítimo
Zainadine Júnior (Corona virus), Charles (Unknown Injury) and Diego Moreno (Unknown Injury) won’t be available for Marítimo manager Lito Vidigal.
Team News: Benfica
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has to choose a team with limited availability. Adel Taarabt (Corona virus), Darwin Núñez (Corona virus), Pedrinho (Foot Injury), André Almeida (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Jean-Clair Todibo (Achilles tendon problems), Nuno Tavares (Hip Injury) and Julian Weigl (Corona virus) will miss out on this game.
In our opinion, Marítimo would be disappointed if they were not to breach the defence of this Benfica lineup, although one goal is unlikely to be enough.
We’re therefore expecting a very close game with a 1-2 winning margin for Benfica after the 90. Should be an interesting one.
What are the best odds for the game?
Checking the betting prices for this game on the WDW market, backing Marítimo is available for 9.5, a bet on the draw is 5.5 & putting your money on a win for Benfica can get you 1.33. They are the best of the prices available right now.
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