Benfica vs Sporting CP
Portugal Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 25 August 2018
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Estádio da Luz (Lisbon).
Benfica host Sporting CP in the first Dérbi Eterno of the 2018/19 Primeira Liga season.
Both teams started their league campaigns on back on back wins and look in fine scoring form.
Benfica who finished 2nd in the table last season started off with a 3-2 win at home vs Victoria before snatching a 2-0 away win last weekend.
The Eagles were also in action in midweek Champions League fixture as they look to qualify for the Champions League group stage.
This Tuesday saw them settling for a 1-1 stalemate at home against POAK, which may prompt Rui Vitória to rest some key players for the derby to keep them fit for the trip to Greece.
Sporting were third last season and go directly to the Europa League group stage, thus they had extra time to prepare for this match.
They made a solid start to the season as well, starting with a 3-1 away win at Moreirense and 2-1 at home against Setubal.
Their arch rivals Porto also started the season on back-to-back league wins, so this is fixture either teams want to lose.
Benfica vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head
- The last three league meetings between the sides end in stalemates.
- Nine of the last 11 h2h fixtures saw under 2.5 goals.
- Both teams scored in 3 of the last 4.
- Sporting bagged 2 wins and 2 draws while losing once in their last 5 visits to the Estádio da Luz.
Benfica vs Sporting CP Prediction
The midweek’s 1-1 draw at home against PAOK means that Benfica must keep key players fresh ahead of the second leg in Greece.
Head-coach Rui Vitória already have some selection headaches with the likes of Jonas, Nicolas Castillo, Sebastien Corchia, Filip Krovinovic and Tyronne Ebuehi out with injuries.
Meantime, Sporting is sweating on the fitness of Bas Dost, the striker scored 2 in 2 games before picking a knock in the 2-1 win against Setubal last week.
However, Sporting had managed to trouble Benfica at this stadium time and time again and the number of players missing for the hosts make this an even field for the visitors.
Benfica vs Sporting CP Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ 10/11 (1.95)
Double Chance – Sporting or Draw @ 6/7 (1.85).