Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
After rolling over Club Brugge 5-1 in the Champions League, Benfica will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they face Maritimo on Matchday 24. The Eagles are leading the chase for the Primeira Liga trophy, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team, but both Draxler and Ristic remain in the recovery room.
Maritimo, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Gil Vicente, and seeing that they are on a five-game losing run in meetings with Benfica, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. As for the home side Diogo Mendes remains on the sidelines with injury, but there are no suspended players ahead of Sunday’s clash. Earlier this term Benfica crushed Maritimo 5-0 in Lisbon.
Highlighted Player (Alex Grimaldo):
Alex Grimaldo is a Spanish footballer who plays for Portuguese side Benfica as a left back. Born in Valencia on September 20, 1995, Grimaldo started his youth career at his hometown club FC Valencia, but in 2008 Barcelona scouts brought him to Camp Nou.
The 171-cm-tall footballer scored six goals in 92 appearances for Barca B before joining Primeira Liga club Benfica in the winter of 2015. Alex Grimaldo made his debut with the Eagles on January 26, 2016 in a 6-1 win at Moreirense in the Taca da Liga. Speaking of his Primeira Liga debut, Grimaldo played his first league game for Benfica on February 29, 2016 in a 2-0 win over Uniao Leiria.
The Benfica defender has two caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His main position is left-back, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a left winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Maritimo):
Based in Funchal, Madeira, Maritimo are a Portuguese club that compete in Primeira Liga. O Maior das Ilhas (The Greatest of the Islands) play their home matches in the national championship at Estadio do Maritimo.
The stadium was officially founded on May 5, 1957 and it can hold up to 10,932 spectators. Maritimo won their first and only Campeonato de Portugal in the 1925/1926 season, with the team beating Belenenses in the title game 2-0 at Campo do Ameal. Maritimo wear green shirts with red stripes and white shorts when playing on home soil, whilst the colour of their away kit is sky blue.
The Estadio do Maritimo have yet to win the Taca de Portugal trophy, but they made it to the final of the competition on two occasions (1994/95, 2000/01), as well as the final of the Taca da Liga in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Nacional are considered the club’s main rivals.