Benfica vs Sporting – Liga NOS: Starting off the year with a derby between Benfica and Sporting, on a Wednesday night
Is a mix of an ideal scenario with the disturbances of what is the current football schedule.
The match’s timing doesn’t delight anyone, and the fact that these two teams have played their last league match 2 weeks ago shouldn’t as well.
Back then, Benfica battered Tondela 5-1, away from home, days after being eliminated from Taça de Portugal. Since then, they’ve played two League Cup matches, with the Eagles being unable to get a single win.
They have crumbled against Portimonense and Vitória de Setúbal, with the latter being a match that didn’t have any importance for Benfica, since they were already out of the League Cup’s Final Four after the 2nd round.
Rui Vitória has made a lot of changes on the starting line-up, in both matches, which makes it tough to guess what will be his focus on this derby.
Sporting, tied at the top of the league with FC Porto, advanced in Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga, with Jorge Jesus maintaining his best starting line-up active during this period, in order not to suffer from a competitive break.
For the Lions, the only result that matters is the victory, in order to keep FC Porto under pressure and gain as much distance as they can over Benfica.
Benfica vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The two teams will tend to match up well in the way they will fit on the pitch, although Sporting’s midfield trio presents better dynamics. Benfica needs to make a statement here, on a season where their best football hasn’t shown up yet.
Sporting needs to confirm their status and their good performances, at a stage of the season where their displays haven’t been brilliant.
Despite the timing, this match is very promising.
Let’s see if it will deliver, so we could start off this year in the best possible way.
|Sporting to score first||