Benfica vs Sporting Prediction and Betting Tips
- Updated: 25th August 2018
Benfica vs Sporting – Liga NOS :Benfica and Sporting feature on the first derby of the season in Portugal
with the match taking place this Saturday night at Estádio da Luz.
Benfica finished in 2nd place of the Portuguese league with 81 points conquered, thanks to a record of 25 victories, 6 draws and 3 losses.
In terms of goals, they counted with 80 goals scored and 22 goals conceded, which results on an average of 3 goals per match.
The Eagles tend to get more points when they play at home, but they also present a positive record as visitors.
Between European and domestic encounters, Rui Vitória’s team has already played 5 official matches this season, recording 3 wins and 2
Sporting finished in 3rd place of the Portuguese league with 78 points conquered, thanks to a record of 24 victories, 6 draws and 4 losses.
Their goal ratio counted with 63 goals scored and 24 goals conceded, presenting an average of 2.6 goals per match.
Similarly to their opponents, the Lions have also gotten more points at home, but It was as visitors that we have witnessed more goals on their matches.
Sporting started off in the best possible fashion in the league, winning in Moreira de Cónegos (2-1) and beating Setúbal in Alvalade (3-1).
The Eagles don’t count with a lot of novelties regarding last season, maintaining the 4-3-3 that they’ve been using for quite some time and present themselves
with a higher competitive rhythm also due to the fact that they had to start their season earlier to prepare for the
Champions League’s qualifiers.
On the other side we have a Sporting with a lot of changes and the team’s football is obviously still not up to the club’s demands.
Playing at Estádio da Luz, I believe that Benfica is the team that has the most conditions to get the 3 points, at this stage of the season.
Benfica vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
One of the problems pointed out on Benfica’s first tests were the little amount of goal scoring opportunities created by the team.
Rui Vitória quickly solved that issue by putting more men near Ferreyra, loosening up Pizzi and Gedson which also leaves them more fragile defensively.
With or without Bas Dost, the Lions have players of taking advantage of those breaches to score at least 1 goal, reminding that both teams have scored on the 2 rounds that Sporting has played so far and in 3 of the 5 matches Benfica has played so far.
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