Marítimo vs Sporting (PICKS, PREDICTION, PREVIEW)
Tip: OVER 2,5 GOALS
The Marítimo and Sporting CP are facing each other this Saturday at the Barreiros Stadium in Funchal, in a match to count for the 18th day of the NOS League. After a troubled start to the season with some poor results, the Marítimo seems to have found the right path and is in good shape, and is progressively climbing the overall leaderboard. On the other hand, Sporting CP arrives in the hangover of a defeat at the home of Chaves, for the Portuguese Cup, a snub that came to end the only event in the hands beyond the championship. The pressure begins to accumulate for coach Jorge Jesus.
Marítimo occupy the 6th place in the table with 26 points, fruit of 8 victories, 2 draws and 7 losses, with partial of 15 goals scored and 14 conceded goals. The Madeira Lions arrive here motivated after winning the last 3 consecutive games of the Portuguese championship, a sequence of results that allowed them to rise in the table and to be now the team that is next to catch the Vitória de Guimarães in the 5th place of access to the Europa League, although they are still 5 points behind. After failing to get past Group C in the League Cup and out of the Portuguese Cup a long time ago, this commanded formation Daniel Ramos can now focus entirely on his championship performance and the goal is to reach some Access to European competitions.
Known for being a strong side at home, the Biggest of the Islands won 5 of the 8 games played here for the NOS League, losing only their first two home games and winning the last four consecutive matches, SL Benfica and SC Braga, scoring 11 goals in all 8 games and conceding only 6. Given the poor moment that their opponent crosses, the Lions of Madeira have reason to believe that a victory here is very within their capabilities, Being that they will try to take full advantage of the home factor and look for the goal, although they should always be concentrated defensively, as Sporting have very dangerous strikers. Still, it is important to point out that this is the 4th lowest defense of the Portuguese championship.
In his last 5 official games, Marítimo has a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. This sequence of results began with a 1-1 draw at Sp. Covilhã’s home ground in the League Cup. There followed a 1-0 victory at Rio Ave’s reception in the League Cup game, a 0-1 victory at Estoril Praia, a 0-1 defeat at SC Braga’s Game to count for the League Cup, and in the last round, a 3-1 victory at the reception to Paços de Ferreira. Gottardi, injured, is confirmed low.
Probable team: Charles – Oliveira, Antônio, Raul and Deyvison – Sen and Fransergio – Costa, Bessa and Ghazaryan – Dyego Sousa.
Liga NOSO Sporting CP, in turn, ranks fourth with 34 points, with 10 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses, with 29 goals scored and 16 goals conceded. With only 2 wins in the last 5 league games, with 2 of them losing, Sporting have been dropping in form and, consequently, falling in the general standings, now being in 4th place already 8 points away from the Leader Benfica, a distance already a little big. In addition to the Portuguese championship, this has been a disastrous season for coach Jorge Jesus, where in addition to being eliminated from Group F of the Champions League and not even achieving the 3rd place of transition to the Europa League, League Cup and, in the middle of this week, eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Portuguese Cup by Chaves.
Things are starting to look ugly for the Lions side, and especially for coach Jorge Jesus, who at the beginning received a bit of praise from the fans who now wish to leave. It is therefore imperative to do more and better for the good of the club. Still, this is not the best time for the Green and Whites to travel to a complicated redoubt like this, even though their out-of-doors form is not the best as they have won only 3 of the 8 games played out in the NOS League, Tying 3 and losing 2, and with 10 goals scored and 10 goals conceded. The lisboeta team has a good offensive sector, with very talented players like Gelson Martins and Campbell, and they also have the best scorer in the league, Bas Dost who has already scored 13 goals, so quality in the attack is not lacking. A victory here would be of great value to put a stone upon this bad moment and to pull back to the path of victories.
In his last 5 official games, Sporting CP has a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. This sequence of results began with a 1-0 win at the Varzim reception, in a game to count for the League Cup.