Benfica welcome Maritimo for a Primeira Liga showdown at Estádio da Luz on Sunday evening (17:00 UK time)
The hosts come into this latest of fixtures sitting third and four points behind leaders Porto with defending champions Sporting sandwiched in between them. As for their guests they find themselves mid-table and seeking a first away win at Benfica in nearly 35 years.
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Benfica team news
It was a return to successful ways in style for Benfica who ran out 1-4 winners at Famalicão after city rivals Sporting Lisbon ended their four-game unbeaten run (three wins and one draw). That aforementioned loss to Portugal’s champions was the Eagles second home defeat in three games. Jorge Jesus — who must do without Nemanja Radonjic, Lucas Verissimo and Rodrigo Pinho this weekend — has subsequently watched his side move four points adrift of leaders FC Porto after 14 matches played. The giants from Lisbon will fancy their chances of registering back-to-back wins especially given the club’s recent history against Marítimo; it’s currently seven consecutive wins since a 1-1 draw at Éstadio dos Barreiros in October 2017.
Benfica predicted XI: Vlachodimos; Almeida, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Gonçalves, Weigl, Mário, Grimaldo; Silva, Núñez; Seferović.
Maritimo team news
You have to go back to September 1987 for the last time Marítimo left Benfica home with all three points. It remains their only success at the Estádio da Luz through 41 visits. However, on four previous occasions The Lions of Almirante Reis have denied their hosts a win, the most recent though came in August 2009 (1-1) when Weldon rescued a point with four minutes remaining, momentum is somewhat on Vasco Seabra’s side as the ninth-placed Primeira Liga side are on a three-game unbeaten run (two wins and one draw). On the road it’s a different story as Maritimo — who are missing Xadas due to a knee injury — have failed to win any of their previous six away games, accumulating two points from 18 available in the process.
Maritimo predicted XI: Victor; Winck, Costa, Andrade, Costa; Beltrame, Mendes, Costa; Guitane, Tagueu, Henrique.
Primeira Liga 2021/22 recent form:
- Benfica: WLWWD
- Maritimo: WDWLL
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 3-0 Maritimo
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