Benfica vs Sporting CP
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020
Kick-off at 21:15 UK/ 22:15 CET
Venue: Estádio da Luz.
The Eagles have made sure of a second-place finish, and while it was a disappointment to their fans to not see their team defend their title, it surely is better than running scared for a Europa ticket on the final match-day – which is the case of their counterparts, the Lions.
Ruben Amorim’s men have a total of 60 points from their 33 games so far, while the fourth-placed Braga have 57.
As such, if the latter win their game this weekend, and the Lions go on to lose against Nelson Verissimo’s men, Braga will have 60 points as well. And since Braga have more h2h away goals against Amorim’s men, they will be placed third, and will take the final ticket to the Europa Group Stage.
Suffice it to say, the Lions are desperate to win this game, while the Eagles could play a relaxed game. Considering the overwhelming h2h superiority of Verissimo’s men over the years, and this tense situation, expect a goal-fest, as well as a Benfica victory.
Benfica vs Sporting: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Eagles had recorded a 0-2 win on the road in the reverse fixture.
- They have a combined scorecard of 7-0 from the past two encounters.
- They had also won four of the last five meetings.
- Since 2015, not once have they lost a league match-up.
Benfica vs Sporting: Prediction
Verissimo’s men had won the reverse fixture, that too with a clean sheet on the road, and have a combined scorecard of 7-0 from the last two such games. They have also won four of the previous five h2h encounter, and are unbeaten against this rival in the league since 2015.
Moreover, they were unbeaten at home in 18 of their last 20 appearances, whereas their counterparts were winless in nine of their former ten road trips. By the looks of things, expect a Benfica win this weekend.
Going on, Amorim’s men are desperate for at least a draw, and once the hosts score a goal, they will abandon all defense and will go after an equalizer. This will lead to more goals being scored at either end of the pitch.
Benfica vs Sporting: Betting Tips
Benfica to Win @ 1.90 (9/10)
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.80 (4/5).