Estoril vs Sporting – Liga NOS: Estoril is a team that is fighting to avoid relegation
And right now, they are the first team occupying the relegation zone with 15 points, the same as Vitória de Setúbal.
The home side hasn’t been doing well in the current season and they have been dropping too many points.
The roster even has enough quality to ensure they avoid relegation, but they have faltered at several stages of the season.
Estoril, that was coming off 2 consecutive losses, was able to give a positive reply on the last round and they’ve beaten Tondela by 3-0 at home.
That result was a breath of fresh air according to Estoril’s manager, because the team was really needing a win and by expressive numbers to recover the confidence they were lacking. Now comes Sporting, the current league leaders.
Sporting comes into this match at the top of the league, at least provisionally.
The Lions have been the most consistent team of this stage, although the quality of their performances also isn’t the best, at least on the last few matches, where they have played terribly.
Sporting has won the League Cup recently and that was something that pleased the club’s board.
That excitement still had the special flavour of being sweetened by the slip-ups of Benfica and FC Porto in Liga NOS, which allowed Sporting to, in case they win, recover the lead in Liga NOS.
Their performance wasn’t brilliant, far from it. They were somewhat sketchy in the first half and did a little bit better in the 2nd,
but the fatigue was also clearly visible on the final minutes where Sporting ended up scoring thanks to their passion and get the 3 points against Vitória de Guimarães.
Gelson Martins should miss this match and Bas Dost is still doubtful.
Estoril vs Sporting– Betting Tip and Prediction:
Even without some important players, in case these absences are confirmed, I believe that Sporting will get the 3 points here in Estoril.
The team has offensive solutions that allow them to face this match with optimism and now that they are in the lead of the league, they know that they can’t slip up.
Sporting comes into this match already knowing the result of their rivals, but I don’t believe that will get in the way of this match’s outcome.
It is certain that some of Sporting’s players have struggled with some fatigue because the team has been playing a lot of matches in the last couple of days, but still,
I believe that the team will be able to get the win in this match, since Estoril is an unstable team defensively and against Sporting, they won’t have a lot of chances to reach Rui Patrício’s goal.