Nacional – Boavista SOCCER PICKS
Nacional and Boavista face at Estádio da Madeira, in a match for the 12th round of the Primeira Liga. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 29-07-2018, in a match for the League Cup that ended with the National victory by (2-1). The goals of the match were scored by Witi (9 ‘) and B. Rochez (63’), for Nacional, and Fábio Espinho (58 ‘), for Boavista. Despite being a match between 12th and 16th of the table, it is actually a match between the 18th classified in home matches and the 12th as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 12 th position of the league, with 12 points won, after 3 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Marítimo, by (1-0). In the last match, they won in an away match against Desportivo Aves by (2-3). Interestingly, this is a team that has won more positive results outside its stadium, as it has won 9 points in away matches and only 3 in its stadium. In the last 5 home matches for the championship Nacional won 1 and lost 4, so they have won 3 points out of 15 possible. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 11 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never got the comeback. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (0′-15 ‘).
The National enters this game motivated after a triumph outsider, by 2-3, in the displacement to the stadium of the Birds: the goals were marked by Bryan Róchez, Camacho and Vítor Gonçalves. We emphasize that the locals are going through a better moment of form in the championship, since they total 2 consecutive victories. One of the best qualities of the National team is the ease with which it manages to create goal opportunities through counterattacks. On an individual level we highlight Bryan Róchez, the best score of the team, with 5 goals scored. There are no important absences for this game.
The away team is currently in the 16 th position, with 9 points won, after 2 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Belenenses, by (0-0). In the last match, they lost at home against Porto, by (0-1). Interestingly, this is a team that has conquered more positive results outside its stadium, since it won 5 points as a visitor and only 4 in its stadium. In their last away game, for the Taça de Portugal, they won by (0-4) against Espinho. In the last 6 away league matches Boavista has a record of 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 5 points out of 18 possible.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 5 away matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In 11 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.
The Boavista enters this duel with a rebuff, by 0-1, in the reception to the local rival FC Porto, registering in this way the fourth meeting followed without winning in this competition. The last victory in the championship was against Aves, at home, 1-0. The foreign team usually acts in a traditional 4-2-3-1, favoring fast transitions. The three arrows aimed at the adversary goal are Mateus, Rochinha and Rafa Lopes. It should be noted that the responsible for driving the offensive attacks of his team is midfielder Rafael Costa. On the other hand, Federico Falcone is the best scorer of the Boavista, with 2 goals scored. From outside by injury continue Gabriel and Njie.