Sporting – Benfica (Pick, Prediction, Preview)

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Sporting vs Benfica Prediction & Tips

Sporting and Benfica face at Estádio José Alvalade, in a match for the 16 th round of the Primeira Liga. The history of direct matches played at this stadium favors the visiting team, which in the last 6 matches won 3, drew 2 and lost 1. Indeed, in the last match at this stadium, in a match for the First League, on 17‑01‑2020, Benfica only managed to win, by (0‑2). The goals of the match were scored by Rafa Silva (80 ‘and 90’) for Benfica. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, as Benfica presents significant differences between home and away performances.

Sporting CP
The home team is currently in 1st place, with 39 points won, after 12 wins and 3 draws. In the penultimate match, they drew at home to Rio Ave by (1‑1). In the last match, they won an away match against Boavista by (0‑2). This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 matches they have registered 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses as a visitor, with 31 goals scored and 13 conceded, against 12 wins , 2 draws and 1 loss at home, with 30 goals scored and 12 conceded. Sporting have registered 5 wins and 2 draws in the last 7 home matches for the championship, having won 17 points out of 21 possible.

In this competition, they haven’t lost any of the last 15 matches. In the matches played at their stadium in the championship, the most frequent result at the end of the first 45 ‘was 0-0, which was verified in 3 of their 7 games. His attack has scored with great regularity, since he has always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games in this competition. This is a team that scores many times first: it opened the scoreboard in 13 of its last 15 games for the First League, of those 13 it reached the interval in advantage in 9 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10. In the last 14 home matches in all competitions there are 1 periods highlighted: he scored 10 of his 25 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).

The Sporting team has made an excellent walk this season of Liga NOS, where they occupy the position of isolated leader, with 39 points, at the entrance to the 16th round. The advantage for FC Porto is four points and for Benfica it is six points. Last weekend, the team led by Rúben Amorim won the first trophy of the season, after winning Braga (1-0) in the League Cup final. Last Tuesday, Sporting played for the last time, now for the championship, having justly won in the trip to Estádio do Bessa, home of Boavista, by 0-2. Nuno Santos (24 ’) opened the scoring, while right-back Pedro Porro (77’) closed the accounts with a real “great goal”, at a stage when the “lions” controlled the game.

After 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses, the visiting team is in 3rd position, having won 33 points. In the last match, they have drawn at home against Nacional by (1‑1), after in the previous match they have tied (1‑1) an away match against Porto. This is a stronger team when they play in their stadium, as in the last 30 games they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In their last match, for the Portuguese Cup, they won at home by Belenenses by (3‑0). In the last 7 away matches, Benfica has recorded 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, having won 14 points out of 21 possible.

In this competition, they haven’t lost any of the last 4 away matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 games, for which reason it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored regularly, since they managed to score in 9 of the last 10 games in this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their away matches, as 48 of the last 55 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 matches for the First League, he suffered the first goal 4 times but managed to turn the score in 2.

The Benfica team has been falling short of expectations, in a season where the goal is to regain the title of national champion and for which a historic investment was made in the transfer market last summer. At the entrance to the 16th round, the team coached by Jorge Jesus (who will not be present on the bench on this visit to Alvalade, for fulfilling isolation after a positive test to covid-19) occupies the 3rd place in the league table, with 33 points, two less than FC Porto and six less than Sporting. After stumbling in the reception to Nacional (1-1) of the last round of the League, the “eagles” returned to their victories last Thursday, in the quarterfinals of the Portuguese Cup, where they beat the Belenenses, by 3- 0 (goals from Darwin, Rafa Silva and Cervi).

Sporting – Benfica FREE TIPS

Sporting – Win @ 2.55

Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80

Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90