Benfica looks to confirm their table-topping position in the Primeira Liga when they host Moreirense Monday evening. Benfica won 1-0 away at Gil Vicente last weekend to reclaim their top spot ahead of arch-rivals Porto. The latter had taken advantage of a sudden slip in the form at Benfica’s.
It is the visitors Moreirense who boast the best form currently of the two sides. They extended their unbeaten run to four matches, beating Santa Clara 2-1 at home. The gap between the two clubs is still 31 points. As mentioned, Benfica’s form has dipped in recent weeks, with the champions losing twice in the league. They returned to winning ways last weekend, and they remain strong at home with nine wins and two defeats from eleven matches. Moreirense has only won once on the road this season, losing five times. In short, they perform much better in their own backyard.
Benfica averages 2.45 points per home game while the visitors average 0.73 points per away game. Stats which makes it difficult to build a case of behalf of the visitors Monday night. Benfica scores an average of 2.45 goals per home game while Moreirense scores an average of 1.18 goals per away game.
Usually, Benfica has a strong defensive record, in recent weeks they have looked more fragile at the back though. They conceded 11 goals in their last six in all competitions. With both teams scoring in each of Moreiense’s last six matches, both teams to score looks a nice punt.
Benfica has only failed to score in two of their home matches this season. Moreirense has kept only one clean sheet in away from home this season. A majority of Benfica’s wins this season, 11 to be exact, have been obtained with a margin of two goals or more.
The hosts might not be in their best of form, but they showed resilience last week in the league. They boast a fantastic home record in the Primeira Liga and are up against a mediocre away side. Moreirense side that has only won once on the road so far this campaign. We are confident of a home win but the price is better on goals.