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Prediction: Belenenses vs Nacional – preview and betting tips

Foot Predictions shows the confrontation of the First League on Saturday between Belenenses and Nacional, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.

Belenenses host National on Saturday, with both teams trying to move up the league table and further away from the relegation zone.

The hosts will try to extend their league unbeaten record to four games, while Nacional suffered their first league defeat in five games last time, and will look to win at the National Stadium.


Match analysis

The home team comes to this match after a draw in the last three matches of the Primeira Liga, moving up to the 13th position in the division.

This sequence included a commendable 0-0 draw with Porto, when the title champion was well received by Belenenses, despite a dominant display.

More recently, PetitThe Liga team drew with Famalicão da Primeira Liga, in a game in which the Portuguese coach will feel that his team should have won the three points, after a dominant performance.

However, he will certainly be satisfied with the progress they have shown in recent weeks, moving out of relegation positions, although they are still close to the bottom three in the championship.

Despite a weak attack, without any team having scored just nine goals in this campaign, O Belém has shown itself to be a strong defensive team, with only the league leader, Sporting de Lisboa, suffering less than the 15 goals conceded in 19 games this season. station.

Petit hopes that his team will be able to build that good defensive record to improve the three victories they have achieved so far in this campaign, as a few more goals can get them out of the relegation zone thanks to their secure bases.

However, he faces Nacional looking to ruin that defensive record, as he intends to return to victory after a disappointing 3-2 home defeat by Farense, who was at the bottom of the table at the time.

Miguel Cardoso, from Belenenses, celebrates his first goal with Afonso Gamelas, in December 2020

The Alvinegros lost 2 to 0 until the goals of João Vigário and replace Pedro Mendes tied the game in the second half.

But it was Mendes who had the final impact by deflecting the ball into his own goal, shortly after the goal and five minutes from the end, condemning his team to a disappointing 3-2 defeat.

This defeat ended a series of four games without losing Nacional in the championship, with Luis freireThe team team won eight points out of a possible 12 at that time.

The Madeiran team secured victories by a goal over the last two teams in the championship, Boavista and Famalicão, while drawing 1-1 with Benfica, with Bryan Rochez drew for Freire’s team in the second half.

After getting promoted from the second division Nacional in his first season at the club, Freire, 35, hopes to return to winning ways here, as his team seeks to continue his impressive return to the first division this season.

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All news from the teams

Belenenses have no problems with new injuries to treat here, only with Nilton Varela, Chima Akas and Eduardo Kau remaining out of containment due to long-term injuries.

They will depend a lot on Mateo Cassierra to lead the line, with the Colombian’s three goals remaining in the league more than any other player on the team.

He will be supported by Miguel Cardoso, who scored two goals and an assist in the Premier League this season.

Nacional should have a full squad to choose from for this match, after the striker Brayan Riascos returned to good form, leaving the bench in the defeat to Farense.

He will fight for the spot, with Bryan Rochez registering two goals and an assist in the last five matches.

Pedro Mendes will also fight for his debut in Nacional since he arrived on loan at Sporting de Lisboa in January, after scoring in the bank last time.

Likewise, winger Marco Matias expects to start on Saturday, after having arrived at the Madeira Stadium free of charge in January.

Possible initial lineup of Belenenses:
Kritsyuk; Esgaio, Henrique, Ribeiro; Calila, Sithole, Phete, Lima; Cardoso, Cassierra, Varela

Possible national roster:
Piscitelli; De Souza, Henrique, Correia, Vicar; Borges; Thill, Ramos, Camacho; Mendes, Rochez


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Probability: Belenenses 0-1 Nacional

As is common in Belenenses, we see that it is a game of few goals, and we believe that the visitors have enough to score narrowly, thanks to its greater offensive quality.

Although Belenenses have been very resilient defensively this season, we hope that Nacional will find a way to pass, while the hosts’ attack does not represent a major threat to Freire’s team.


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