Sporting – Vilaverdense : Preview & Prediction
Sporting and Vilaverdense face each other in the Estádio José Alvalade, in a game for this phase of the Portuguese Cup (Round of 16). There is no record of previous direct confrontations between these two teams, so this will be their first confrontation. In this match the house factor could play a decisive role, as Vilaverdense has shown differences in performance in their games at home and as a visitor.
The home team arrives at this stage of the Portuguese Cup (Round of 16) after having played previous qualifiers with: Famalicão and Oleiros. This is a team little affected by the house factor, that is, presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 games has 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses as a visitor, with 34 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats in his stadium, with 20 goals scored and 10 conceded. In the last game he played for the Primera Liga, he won the Boavista away by (1-3). In the last 10 home games Sporting have recorded 5 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat. Defensive solidity has not been his strong point as he has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 games but his attack has regularly scored as he has scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games. This is a team that scores many times first: it opened the scoring in 10 of its last 11 games, of those 10 reached the interval in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 7. There is 1 period featured in last 14 home matches for all competitions: he suffered 6 of his 7 goals in the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Sporting start this game with a 3-1 victory at Boavista, returning to their successes after defeat against Barcelona: goals scored by Fabio Coentrão and Bas Dost (2). In the last game for the Portuguese Cup Sporting won the Famalicão 2-0. In this game at home coach Jorge Jesus should keep the team in 4-4-2, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially in the corridors: Gelson Martins and Podence are very fast and competent in transporting the ball to the attack. Bas Dost is the best scorer of the lions with 12 scorers. For this game the coach should not rely on the injured Jonathan Silva.
Review of Vilaverdense
The visiting team arrives at this stage of the Portuguese Cup (Round of 16) after having played previous qualifiers with: Vizela, Boavista, SC Esmoriz and Bragança. This is a team affected by the home factor, stronger when played with the support of their fans, since in the last 30 games has recorded 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses as a visitor, with a total of 22 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 15 wins in his stadium, with a total of 50 goals scored and 5 conceded. The team arrives at this meeting after a home win with Atletico Arcos by (5-1). In the last 10 matches played for all competitions, Vilaverdense won 3, drew 3 and lost 4. Defensive solidity has been one of their strengths as they have only conceded goals in 1 of the last 4 games and their attack has scored regularly, having scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 games for this competition.
The Vilaverdense set up for this match with a triumph over Atletico Arcos, by 5-1, adding in this way the third consecutive triumph in several competitions. In the previous qualifiers, the Vilaverdense eliminated the teams of Bragança, Esmoriz and Boavista. In this away game, coach António Barbosa should use the usual 4-5-1 privileging of the defensive organization and the long balls to attack, especially for José Pedro. However, it should be noted that visitors currently compete for the National Senior Championships, equivalent to the Portuguese third division. It seems that the visiting coach counts on his best players.
Sporting – Vilaverdense : Betting Tips
Sporting – Win Odds: 1.05
Both teams to score / NO – Odds: 1.70
Over 4.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70