Porto vs Sporting CP
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 2 March 2018
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK
Venue: Estadio Do Dragao (Porto).
Porto have a huge opportunity to get Sporting CP out of the title contest as the home win here would launch Sergio Conceicao’s me eight points off the Lions at the top of the Primeira Liga standings. Since their Champions League adventure has practically been ended after the first leg of their last 16 round tie with Liverpool (0-5 defeat at Dragao), the hosts will keep the main focus in the quest for the domestic trophy which looks much closer after the gap between them and Lisbon rivals has increased to five points in the last couple of weeks.
Porto have been pretty impressive after the mentioned defeat to Liverpool. They’ve bagged as many as 13 goals in three consecutive wins over Rio Ave, Estoril and Portimonense proving out to be top strong for the domestic challengers. Moussa Marega has been the standout performer during the streak as he has notched four goals in last three league outings for the team led by Sergio Conceicao. His fellow companion in the final third, Vincent Aboubakar, is still injured and will likely miss Sporting’s visit as well.
The Lions have been nowhere as efficient as their counterparts lately, but they did somehow manage to snatch three wins on the trot ahead of the league’s derby. The last one came on Monday evening when Gelson Martins saved Jorge Jesus’ side netting the match-winner late in the stoppage-time. Jesus’ talisman in the final third Bas Dost skipped this clash and his absence was largely noticed, but the Dutchman is expected to make the return on Friday and be in the starting lineup for the clash with Porto.
Porto vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head
This will be the fourth head to head encounter between the two rivals in this season.
Only a single goal was seen in previous three ties.
The league clash saw a goalless draw, just as the Taca da Liga match which saw Sporting CP come on top after penalties.
Porto saw off the Lions in the first leg of their Taca da Portugal tie 1-0 at home a month ago.
Porto vs Sporting CP: Prediction
The hosts will head into this match in much higher spirits, but it’s honestly hard to see the value in the 1.66 odds offered for Porto to win given that they are up against the likes of Sporting CP who proved out to be a super challenging opposition for them in the previous set of head to head encounters.
Based on the mentioned H2H results in this season, we have to go with the Under 2.5 goals FT as the main bet at the odds of 1.75. The value is with the draw, priced up at 3.60.
Porto vs Sporting CP: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75
Draw @ 3.60