Nacional vs Sporting CP
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 19 April 2019
Kick-Off 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Estadio da Madeira (Funchal).
Teams from completely opposite ends of the Primeira LIga standings will come across each other on Friday afternoon when Nacional host Sporting Lisbon at Estadio da Madeira. The hosts are in a much greater need for points sitting right on the brink of the safe zone. They are third from bottom with a one-point deficit to Tondela in 15th.
However, both momentum and quality are greatly on Sporting’s side. The visitors are red-hot with seven consecutive wins in all competitions. They made it to Portuguese Cup final beating fierce rivals Benfica 1-0 in the reverse fixture of their semi-final tie earlier this month.
The Lions bagged three goals in each of last three league wins over Chaves, Rio Ave and Desportvo Aves.
Will they keep such splendid streak going here against relegation-threatened Nacional?
Nacional vs Sporting: Head-to-head
The head to head stats also favour Sporting Lisbon who won 20, drew 12 and lost 4 of 36 encounters with Alvinegros.
The Lions notched five goals in a demolishing 5-2 victory over Nacional in the first half of the season at Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Sporting Lisbon won six and drew one of past seven matches against Nacional.
Nacional vs Sporting: Prediction
Alvinegros dropped down into the red zone after a series of four defeats and a draw in past five league rounds. They failed to find the back of the net in three of last four games in Primeira Liga. It’s a bitterly disappointing run if we know the opposition included the likes of Rio Ave, Desportivo Aves and Boavista in the process.
Sporting play attacking-minded football and Nacional might be in position to impose a threat up front, but they lack quality to keep hold of the Lions defensively. The visitors are enjoying a marvellous home form with nine goals scored in last three games.
The away win is the most logical betting option, but please be careful with stakes since the match has a much bigger importance for Alvinegros.
Nacional vs Sporting: Bet Tips
Sporting to win @ 1.66 (4/6)
Sporting Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.66 (4/6).