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Benfica vs Nacional Predictions & Tips - Benfica to bounce back in Portugal

  • Benfica vs Nacional predictions for Monday’s Primeira Liga match
  • Match is being played at 5pm GMT at the Estádio da Luz
  • Benfica have won their last 13 matches against Nacional
  • I am backing Benfica to win to nil
  • Full match preview, stats and predictions
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Benfica beat Nacional 1-0 in Lisbon on February 10, 2019. (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 22 Jan 2021
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Benfica vs Nacional Predictions


Benfica are very strong at home in the Primeira Liga and have won 3-0, 4-0 and 1-0 in their last three matches against Nacional. Despite a recent corona virus outbreak, the Eagles should still be too good in Lisbon.

  • Benfica have won 9 of their last 10 home matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Benfica have won their last 13 matches against Nacional (Primeira Liga).
  • Benfica have won by 3+ goals in their last 3 matches against Nacional, scoring 17-0 goals (Primeira Liga).
  • Benfica have won to nil in 6 of their last 8 home matches against Nacional (Primeira Liga).
  • Nacional have lost 6 of their last 7 matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Nacional have lost 14 of their last 17 away matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Nacional have failed to score in 3 of their last 4 away matches (Primeira Liga).

Head to Head


Benfica have a 30-4 advantage against Nacional with 4 draws in 38 matches.

Benfica have won the previous 13 encounters including a 10-0 trashing in Lisbon in February 2019, the last time these clubs met. It was a complete annihilation in Lisbon with Benfica having eight different goal scorers.

Benfica Form


Benfica find themselves four points off top spot in the Primeira Liga. The Lisbon club won 2-0 at home against Tondela before a 4-0 win at Estrela in the Portuguese Cup.

Jorge Jesus’ side travelled north to take on Porto where they came away with a 1-1 draw. Alejandro Grimaldo opened the scoring but they couldn’t find a winner after Porto were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute.

Benfica’ last match was a 2-1 defeat against Braga in the League Cup semi-finals. Pizzi equalised from the penalty spot but it wasn’t enough in Leiria.

Benfica Injuries & Team News


Benfica recently suffered a corona virus outbreak. Midfielder Diogo Gonçalves and striker Luca Waldschmidt tested positive.

Defenders Jan Vertonghen, Nicolás Otamendi, Gilberto, Nuno Tavares and Alejandro Grimaldo were also affected. Expect Jardel to partner Ferro in central defence with João Ferreira and Cervi in the full back positions

Right back André Almeida remains out with a cruciate ligament rupture.

Jesus will restore his first team regulars here including goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos and Brazilian winger Everton.

Nacional Form


Nacional are one point above the relegation zone in their return to the top flight. The Madeira club have lost 6 of their last 7 Primeira Liga matches.

Luís Freire' side lost 2-0 at home against Sporting CP where they managed one shot on target. 

Nacional gave Porto a scare in the Portuguese Cup, taking a 2-1 lead at home before Rui Correia was sent off. They conceded an equaliser in the 89th minute and two goals in extra time to lose 4-2.

Nacional then lost 1-0 at home against Moreirense where they struggled to create clear cut chances.

The Madeiran club scored first through Kenji Gorré on Thursday but went down 3-1 in Guimaraes.

Nacional Injuries & Team News


Central midfielder Larry Azouniis is suspended after an accumulation of yellow cards. Right back Kalindi remains out with a knee injury.

Top scorer Brayan Riascos is doubtful after going off injured against Guimaraes.

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Verdict

Benfica should relish a return home against a Nacional side they have thrashed in recent games. Caution is advised due to so many defensive players unavailable for the hosts.

Best Bet: Benfica Win To Nil Win To Nil @100.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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