Sporting vs Marítimo – Liga NOS : There are several ways to interpret what Sporting did at Estádio da Luz on the past Wednesday.
Thinking about the result, the point satisfies the Lions, but thinking about their performance, the conclusions may vary.
Jorge Jesus left the impression that, strategically, he always banked on surprising Benfica when they were very pushed up the field, although his players didn’t show that with their positioning.
That inability isn’t news for this team. Sporting isn’t always able to get involved enough to get the ball, with quality, on their opponents’ midfield. More worrying should be the number of shots that Sporting has been allowing to their goal.
There, the numbers are clear, this team has a lot of weaknesses on their defensive organization, something that should be, even, connected to the problems of defensive dynamic on their midfield.
Against Marítimo, however, that won’t be the reason why Sporting will tend to feel hamstrung, although the defensive transition might be put to the test by Daniel Ramos’ more defensive approach.
What Sporting needs to return to victory is focusing on their creativity and ability of unbalancing, and Sporting hasn’t been particularly effective on that chapter.
Bruno Fernandes is sort of an oasis of unbalance, with Gelson Martins tending to be less dangerous individually.
Fundamental, for the Lions, will be offering Bas Dost goal chances again,
which didn’t happen at Estádio da Luz, and it will be up to Bruno Fernandes and Marcos Acuña, their two best servers, to give some signs of life in this match.
Sporting vs Marítimo – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The Islanders tend to be a team that banks on their resilience, closing themselves down and hoping not to concede goals.
Not allowing Daniel Ramos’ side go a lot of minutes without feeling threatened gives them more ability to avoid the loss. This is a match where Sporting needs to get off to a good start, showing, early, that they’ve got arguments to win.
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