Sporting – Benfica : Preview & Prediction
After winning the Portuguese League Cup against Porto in penalties, Marcel Keizer’s Sporting experienced a half-slip in the league by drawing on the Vitória Setúbal’s 1-1 draw in the 19th round of the season. Resolved that allowed direct rivals for the title to stretch. Among these is the Benfica of Rui Vitoria who in the next round will be busy at the Estádio José Alvalade, lair ofSporting, in what is considered the derby par excellence in Portugal. The Eagles, which in the League Cup of the week Socrsa had been eliminated in the semifinals by Porto, remain in pursuit of the team of Oporto and in the last round have inflicted a heavy 5-1 home Boavista with two goals from Haris Seferovic and goals by João Félix, Pizzi and Alex Grimaldo.
Sporting CP have won 19 of their last 21 league games played at the Estádio José Alvalade.
In 7 of the last 8 games played at the Estádio José Alvalade, Sporting CP scored at least 2 goals.
There were 4 Under 2.5 in the last 4 direct comparisons (all ended in a tie) and in 5 of the last 6.
There have been 5 Under 2.5 in the last 6 official games played by Sporting CP.
It was 11 December 2016 when Benfica won the derby 2-1. Since then 4 draws (3 of which for 1-1 and one for 0-0). The numbers of the recent past and the odds of the bookmakers make us think that this time could be a challenge with less than 3 goals in total.
Sporting – Benfica : Betting Tips
Sporting – Win Odds: 3.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70