Maritimo couldn’t do much more in their 3:1 defeat away to Porto in their previous Primeira Liga game now already more than two weeks ago. The hosts looked better from the start, taking the lead via Reyes in 19th minute, while Pacheco managed to level up the result in 26th minute.
However, once the guests stood playing with a man less in 39th minute when Gamboa got red carded, it was much easier for the hosts to seal the victory that came thanks to goals from Marega in 45th and 78th minute.
Maritimo is now at fifth position at the table with four points less than Europa League and fourth placed Braga, with the team remaining in must win situation if they are to challenge for European positions. In the most recent match they won over Unioao Madeira 3:2 at home in League Cup game last Friday evening.
Forward Viktor Lundberg (3/0) is injured for this one, while doubtful are defender Pablo (8/0) and forward Coronas who didn’t perform so far in the new season.
Chaves, on the other side, managed to get a point in a 1:1 draw at home last time out in Primeira Liga in a game where they were set as slight underdogs already two weeks ago.
Their guests took the lead in sixth minute with a goal from Novais, while the hosts looked better in the continuation of the match, as they deservedly leveled up in 71st minute with a goal from Bressan even being in a great chance to get the victory as the guests stood playing with a man less since 73rd minute when Marcelo got red carded.
It was fifth consecutive game without a defeat for Chaves, as the side now stands at ninth position with nineteen points – eight more than relegation placed Estoril.
Defender Nuno Andre sa Silva Coelho (4/0) is doubtful, same as goalkeeper Ricardo (9/0), midfielders Thiago Galvao (8/0) and Filipe Melo (5/0), as well as forward Jordan (2/0).
Maritimo hahve shown much more during the season for now and I’m confident that they have what it takes to get the victory here. They have rock solid performances in front of own fans and with bit more matches in their legs recently, their victory seems more likely than what the odds suggest.
Bet: Maritimo Wins