Maritimo vs Sporting CP
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 21st January 2017
Kick-off at 18:15 UK/ 19:15 CET
Venue: Estadio dos Barreiros, Funchal.
Maritimo were 13th in last season’s Portuguese Primeira Liga, but they are on a dream run this term. They are currently 6th in the standings and are coming on the back of a third consecutive league win. They had made their home ground a fortress defeating the league leaders Benfica and Braga in consecutive matches. Moreover, Maritimo are unbeaten in their last 6 home matches in the league, winning 5 of them.
Sporting CP are behind the league leaders Benfica by 6 points and are positioned at fourth in the league table. They were held to a 2-2 draw at Chaves last weekend, but remain unbeaten in 3 games on the back of 2 wins in previous weeks. However, they drop points in away games. So far, they have won in 3 of their 8 away games this season, while drawn 3 and lost 2.
Maritimo vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head stats
Sporting have won in all of their last 8 matches in all competitions against Maritimo. They have also kept clean sheets in 3 of the last 4 wins.
While Maritimo’s last win over Sporting came at Lisbon on 2013, which was the end of a 4 match unbeaten streak which involves 2 wins and 2 draws.
Maritimo vs Sporting CP: Prediction
Sporting seems to struggle in away games this season and a team like Maritimo could prove pretty hard to break down. The hosts have a good record at home and will be confident after beating the likes of Braga and Benfica here. Sporting are on an 8 match winning streak, but Maritimo are very likely to break their bad run here by earning at least a point from this match. To be on the safe side, we recommend to opt for a double chance for the home team to win or draw.
Maritimo vs Sporting CP: Bet Tips
Double Chance: Maritimo or Draw at 2.25 (5/4).