The Estadio de Restelo hosts one of the games of the day, which faces the local team, currently 9th in the standings, with Sporting CP, in a match corresponding to the 15th day of the Portuguese competition.
The Belenenses of Quim Machado occupy the 9th position in the table with 17 points (4 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses). After breaking a 5-game losing streak after beating Feirense (0-1), the team added two draws (0-0 at home to FC Porto, 1-1 at Estoril), beating Marítimo (1) -0) in his previous home game. However, the last day fell on his visit to Paços Ferreira for the same result.
Machado’s side started the season falling defeated in their visit to Vitória de Setúbal (2-), adding their first home draw (0-0) against Boavista a day later. In Tondela, the team achieved their first win of the season (0-1), increasing their good performance with a victory in Restelo against Nacional (2-1). Two consecutive 1-1 draws in their visit to Guimaraes and at home to Arouca and defeats in their visit to newly promoted Chaves (3-1) and SL Benfica (0-2) left the team close to The drop posts. After the defeat in their visit to SC Braga (2-1), the team managed to take the three points last day and take some air.
Once Probable: Hugo Ventura – Diogo, Duarte, Brandao, Hanin – Rossell, Palhinha – Sturgeon, Sousa, Fernandes – Camará.
The Sporting CP goes through a moment of enormous crisis in the season. Jorge Jesus’ team had flown back after seeing Real Madrid defeat them again in the final stretch of their game in Alvalade, winning three consecutive victories in the NOS League against Arouca (3-0), Boavista (0- 1) and Vitória Setúbal (2-0). However, the Lions have lost the last three games, key in the future of the football course. First, the team lost in Warsaw to Legia 1-0, leaving the Lusos outside of European competitions. The following weekend, in the Lisbon derby, the team lost 2-1 at Estadio Da Luz. And as a result, the team fell at home against SC Braga by 0-1 last weekend, a defeat that separates them from third place, now in the hands of the Archbishops, who exceed them by 2 points.
In the Portuguese Cup, the team suffered to defeat the Farmalicao by 0-1 in Round 3, with a loaded team of reserves, and thrashed Praiense by 5-0 in the Round 4.
Once Probable: Rui Patricio – Jefferson, Semedo, Coates, Pereira – Gelson Martins, Adrien Silva, William Carvalho, Joel Campbell – Bryan Ruíz, Bas Dost.
The advantage in the last 25 matches is enormous in favor of the Lions of Alvalade, winners of 17 games, with 5 draws and only three victory of Belenenses, the last one in the League Cup game played in January of 2015 that finished In 3-2. In the next visit, already in Liga NOS, tied to 1, before the spectacular 2-5 of April of this year. The forecast for this match is a puncture or victory for the minimum of visitors, so we will use a handicap +2 in favor of the locals.