Benfica vs Maritimo preview: Table-toppers Benfica to strengthen their grip on top spot with a win against lowly Maritimo.
Benfica will unveil a new pitch at La Luz, which has a hybrid technology that involves the installation of a synthetic film in the lower layer of natural grass. In addition to enhancing endurance and durability, the new tread will also increase the speed of the game and will give players greater confidence. Meanwhile, Maritimo is led by a new manager after a run of seven games without a win, including the Portuguese Cup and the League Cup.
Benfica and Maritimo meet for their Portuguese Primeira Liga clash at Estadio da Luz on Sunday, 1 December (kick-off time 2.00 am).
Champions Benfica welcome Maritimo in the wake of their Champions League elimination after a 2-2 draw at Leipzig, with the Eagles' looking for inner spirit on matchday 12 of the Primeira Liga. Despite the continental failures, Benfica comes to this match after beating Vizela by a score of 2-1, of the Portuguese Championship, in the Portuguese Cup. Benfica is strong in the league, having won five of their six home games in the league this season. Brazilian forward Carlos Vinicius, and the Portuguese international midfielder Pizzi, the best scorer of the championship, with eight goals scored, will make it a hard and difficult test for Maritimo. For the game in Luz, Bruno Lage will continue without Rafa and Seferovic, the first injured since the end of October, and the Swiss with a muscle injury.
Benfica possible lineup: Vlachodimos, Tavares, Dias, Ferro, Grimaldo, Gedson, Luis, Appelt, Cervi, Chiquinho, Vinicius.
Maritimo is 14th-ranked with 11 points. The coming match marks the debut of Jose Gomes as coach of Maritimo. It will be a tall order for Gomes as Maritimo had won only once in 48 visits to Estadio da Luz and, in the last five, in addition to failing to score, did not score and conceded 24 goals. In the first two weeks of work, Gomes, who succeeded Nuno Manta Santos, said the players are "grasping the gameplay", although he acknowledges that it is "unknown" if the team could perform on the Eagles' home ground.
Maritimo possible lineup: A. Abedzadeh, R. Ferreira, Z. Junior, D. Grolli, E. Angelo, F. Baiano, J. Vukovic, J. Correa, D. Miguel, A. Teles, R. Pinho.
Benfica and Maritimo Head-to-Head
In their last meet in April 2019, Benfica won 6-0 at home. Benfica has 4 wins and 1 draw in their last 5 encounters with Maritimo.
With a great record against their guests, Benfica is absolute favorites against a Maritimo side which has not won in four rounds - three draws, one with the Porto, and a defeat - and in the meantime changed coach. Despite the Champions League exit, Benfica has great professionals and well-equipped departments at all levels to help the team recover. That said, pick Benfica to win by 2 goals.