Belenenses vs Sporting CP
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Thursday, 22nd December 2016
Kick-off at 21:00 UK
Venue: Estádio do Restelo (Lisbon).
Belenenses were on a 4 match unbeaten run before it was put to a halt by a 1-0 narrow loss away against Ferreira. However they still remain a strong team at home and lost just once in 6 matches this season with 2 wins and 2 draws. The lone defeat was against league leaders Benfica and they hold Porto to a 0-0 draw in their next home match. Belenenses are currently 9th in the league and a win here can move them up to 7th.
Sporting CP suffered their second defeat in a row as Braga held firm to run away with a 1-0 win last weekend. They lost to Benfica 2-1 in the Lisbon derby a week ago and dropped down to fourth in the league table. They will be keen to raise their game to avoid further dropping down the league table. They already suffered a shock defeat to Rio Ave away from home and head-coach Jorge Jesus wouldn’t want a repeat of that once again.
Belenenses vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head stats
Sporting CP have traditionally dominated Belenenses over the years as they picked up 29 wins from the 40 matches so far, losing just 4 times. All the 4 defeats have come away at the Belenenses’ home ground, while they won 11 times alongside 5 draws in 20 trips.
Belenenses vs Sporting CP: Prediction
Sporting CP will be a desperate side looking for three points after suffering defeats in the previous two. They do have an opportunity here as Belenenses have struggled against them in previous meetings. They came here and returned with a 5-2 win last season and they must repeat a similar sort of win once again.
Belenenses vs Sporting CP: Bet Tips
Sporting CP to win with a -1 goal handicap at 21/20 (2.05).