Maritimo face Benfica on the Portuguese League Cup final on Friday, May 20.
Maritimo had disappointing season, finishing on the 13th place in the standings with 35 points and 45-63 aggregate goal difference. Once the place in top Portuguese league was secured, Maritimo gave up battling the league to have better preparation to this match and lost four recent matches with 3-8 aggregate goal difference. Maritimo had a long way to the final, beating Academica in the match of the first stage, winning the group with 7 points and finishing above Porto, Feirense and Famalicao and defending Portimonense in the semifinal 3-1. Maritimo won four and drew one match from five they played in this competition.
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Benfica have won another league championship this season with 88 points and 88-22 aggregate goal difference in 34 matches of Primeira. The Eagles are undefeated in their eight matches, taking seven wins in these games. The team was showing strong results in all domestic competitions and won their group confidently with three wins and 8-1 goal difference, finishing ahead of Nacional, Moreirense and Oriental. The semifinal match ended with 2-1 win over solid Braga.
Benfica have won their last six head-to-heads with today’s opponents, including two matches this season, 6-0 and 2-0. The Eagles proved they are the best side in Portuguese league and they should have no troubles in gaining another trophy this season.
Prediction for the match: Benfica to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.