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Maritimo travel to the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the hope of avoiding yet another defeat at the hands of Benfica, who are facing setbacks in the title race.
Benfica vs Maritimo – Betting Tips & Free Predictions
Benfica bounced back in the Primeira Liga with a 4-1 away win over Famalicao. In the midweek Taca de Portugal game against Sporting Covilhã, Benfica had a comfortable 3-0 victory. Maritimo are unbeaten in three consecutive league matches following the 4-1 success over Santa Clara.
- Half-time/full-time – Benfica/Benfica @ 4/7 (1.57)
- Total goals – over 2.5 @ 1/2 (1.50)
- Anytime goalscorer – Darwin Nunez @ 7/10 (1.70)
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Victory at half-time and full-time for Benfica
Benfica have a formidable record against Maritimo with 15 consecutive victories in home games against this opponent. They have also been successful at half-time and full-time in the last 10 games against Maritimo. Despite losing the recent home game, Benfica are not at a significant disadvantage in the title race as long as they do not lose further.
Total goals over 2.5
Benfica have experienced over 2.5 goals in four out of the last five matches in all competitions. Maritimo have scored in four consecutive away matches even if the opposition quality is not on par with what the defence would face this weekend. Even Benfica have also witnessed over 2.5 goals in three consecutive league matches.
Darwin Nunez to score anytime
Darwin Nunez has been in good form of late. The striker is the top scorer for Benfica with eight goals in the 11 league appearances this season. This includes a hat-trick during the weekend against Famalicao. Even though Nunez is looking for his first goal against Maritimo, his recent form puts him in a good spot ahead of this game.
Benfica vs Maritimo: More Benfica pain for Maritimo?
The home loss against Sporting CP is a huge setback for Benfica in the efforts to pick up the league title. The defeat has put the team four points behind Porto and Sporting CP. It may be difficult to claw back this advantage just before the winter break, but Benfica will be keen not to fall any further. Jorge Jesus will be without Rodrigo Pinho, Lucas Veríssimo, and Nemanja Radonjic due to injuries.
Maritimo have been dropping significantly behind the teams chasing Europe owing to a disappointing away form and an inconsistent set of results at home. Even though home results have picked up of late, manager Vasco Seabra is still trying to make the team competitive on the road. Léo Andrade is out due to suspension, while Bruno Xadas is doubtful for the game due to an injury.
Important Stats ahead of Benfica vs Maritimo
Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.
FAQs on Benfica vs Maritimo game
Where is the match going to take place? Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
When will this match start? December 19, 2021 at 17:00 GMT
Who is the favourite team to win the game? Benfica