Chaves vs Sporting – Liga NOS: Sporting will play already know the results of their rivals at the top of Liga NOS
The same way that Desportivo de Chaves will also already know the results of the teams that are fighting, with them, for the 5th place of the league table.
Even being far from 1st place, Sporting is still pointing to 2nd place, with the possibility of ensuring the Champions League’s spot that is associated with that position.
For Chaves, qualifying for Europe was the suggested objective since the beginning of the season and the small disadvantage they have to Rio Ave (only 1 point before the start of the round)
make me believe that it will be possible (although they also need the winner of the semi-final between FC Porto and Sporting to end up lifting the Taça de Portugal).
For Desportivo de Chaves, the defeat suffered on the trip to Tondela has hurt the intentions of a team that could come into this match with more confidence and, especially, with an advantage over Rio Ave.
That loss was only their 2nd suffered against teams that aren’t on the top 4, with the other having occurred in August, when Desportivo de Chaves had lost at home against Feirense.
The results of Luís Castro’s team showcase the consistency of a side that has made its choices, when it comes to playstyle and ideas, not being a team capable of putting up a good fight against the sharks, but almost always being superior to their other opponents.
Chaves vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
With Sporting also focused on the Europa League, this match on Monday might be an opportunity for the hosts. Jorge Jesus has several players on doubt, besides playing, next Thursday, in Plzen, to see whether they advance onto the quarter-finals or not.
However, the manager hasn’t been a great fan of rotations, which means he might feel tempted to try and impose a slower pace.
At the same time that he doesn’t want to risk dropping points, he also can’t afford to lose any more players. This is a tough equation for Sporting.
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