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Nov 30, 2020 at 7pm UK at Estadio dos Barreiros
MaritimoMaritimo
1-2
BenficaBenfica
Pinho (14')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Pizzi (32'), Everton (51')
Everton (66')

Preview: Maritimo vs. Benfica - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's Primeira Liga clash between Maritimo and Benfica, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Benfica travel to Maritimo in the Primeira Liga on Monday evening with both sides having suffered a decline in form.

The hosts have failed to win any of their last four league matches, while Benfica have lost back-to-back games in the top-flight against Boavista and Braga.


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Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus pictured on November 5, 2020© Reuters

Benfica fought back once again as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Rangers in the Europa League on Thursday.

James Tavernier scored an own goal before substitute Pizzi lashed one home in the 81st minute to secure another point against the Gers, which leaves Jorge Jesus's men level on points with the Scottish side at the top of Group D.

Benfica have struggled in recent weeks with their defensive frailties proving costly, having conceded 11 goals in their last five matches in all competitions.

The Eagles have won just once in that time, which saw them struggle to a narrow 1-0 victory over third-tier side Paredes.

Knowing that their rivals Sporting Lisbon are in a rich vein of form, Benfica – who have won the league title in five of the last seven seasons – will been keen the ensure that the four-point gap between themselves and first place is not extended any time soon.

Benfica's Darwin Nunez celebrates with a teammate after scoring against Rangers on November 5, 2020© Reuters

Maritimo have struggled to get back to winning ways since they defeated both Tondela and Porto earlier on in the season.

Lito Vidigal's side have lost three of their last four matches, all by a 2-1 scoreline against Portimonense, Moreirense and most recently to Famalicao.

They did however beat Penafiel 3-2 after extra time in the Taca de Portugal last week, with Rodrigo Pinho's hat-trick sending them through to the next round.

Maritimo are looking to win back-to-back matches against Benfica for the first time after beating them in this fixture 2-0 last season. However, the Portuguese giants had won the previous four meetings, winning by an aggregate score of 16-0.

A victory on Monday would be Maritimo's third league win of the campaign and could see them climb into the top 10 of the Primeira Liga.

Maritimo Primeira Liga form: WWLLDL
Maritimo form (all competitions): WLLDLW

Benfica Primeira Liga form: WWWWLL
Benfica form (all competitions): WLDLWD


Team News

Benfica's Rafa Silva in action with Rangers' Borna Barisic in the Europa League on November 5, 2020© Reuters

Maritimo trio Zainadine Junior, Dejan Kerkez and Franck-Yves Bambock are to be assessed leading up to kickoff, but they are all expected to be available on Monday.

Left-back Fabio China and winger Jorge Correa, who came off the bench in their cup victory over Penafiel last week, are set to return to the starting lineup.

Benfica's Jean-Clair Todibo (Achilles tendon), Andre Almeida (cruciate ligament rupture), Nuno Tavares (hip) and Pedrinho (foot problem) are all out injured.

Adel Taarabt, Julian Weigl and Darwin Nunez are also unavailable after testing positive for coronavirus.

Defender Nicolas Otamendi, who was suspended for Benfica's trip to Rangers, is likely to start ahead of Brazilian centre-back Jardel.

Maritimo possible starting lineup:
Abedzadeh; Winck, Africo, Junior, Rene, China; Bambock, Pelagio; Joel, Pinho, Correa

Benfica possible starting lineup:
Vlachodimos; Goncalves, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Rafa, Pires, Pizzi, Everton; Waldschmidt, Seferovic


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We say: Maritimo 1-3 Benfica

The hosts have already defeated Porto this campaign and should have nothing to fear given Benfica's current woes, but the Eagles should have enough quality in the final third to secure the three points.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Lisbon1411303192236
2Benfica14102229141532
3Porto14102236171932
4Braga149052315827
5Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira147431912725
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes126241512320
7MoreirenseMoreirense144551115-417
8Maritimo145271618-217
9TondelaTondela144371323-1015
10Rio AveRio Ave143651016-615
11Santa ClaraSanta Clara144371318-515
12FamalicaoFamalicao143561625-914
13Nacional133461116-513
14Gil Vicente143471016-613
15SC FarenseFarense133371519-412
16BelenensesBelenenses13265611-512
17PortimonensePortimonense13328917-811
18BoavistaBoavista141851424-1011

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