Sporting CP vs Benfica
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 5 May 2018
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon).
The fans in Lisbon will be in for a thrilling evening of football on Saturday as fierce city rivals Sporting and Benfica are about lock horns in the direct battle for the Champions League football next term. Teams are lock on points, sharing the second place, five points behind leaders Porto.
The Lions were lucky to clinch a three-pointer last time out away at Portimonense when Bruno Fernandes bagged the 89th-minute screamer from outside the box to bring them a massive victory ahead of the huge derby with Benfica. It was the fifth win on the bounce for Sporting in all competitions and they will definitely come into the game in higher spirits.
Benfica had the title in the bag practically just weeks ago, but they lost two of last three league games to put the Champions League ambitions in jeopardize as well. They disappointed their fans last weekend by falling 2-3 at home to Tondela.
Sporting CP vs Benfica: Head-to-head
Benfica were the more successful outfit in the most recent history of head to head clashes with bitter city rivals.
Derby de Lisboa did not bring a winner on last two occasions, each time ending in a 1-1 draw.
Sporting are winless in last four meetings with Benfica.
Sporting CP vs Benfica: Prediction
This clash will likely determine the second Champions League member from Portuguese football. Benfica need a point with any result but a goalless draw to stay on top, while only a win or an affair with no goals would do the job for the Lions.
Jorge Jesus will have reason for optimism knowing that his group of players notched an impressive ten straight clean sheet wins in front of the home crowd in Primeira Liga. Given that Benfica will enter the game off the back of two defeats in last three league games, we do find the hosts as favourites and we’ll take the 2.15 odds as the main betting option.
Sporting to keep the 11th straight clean sheet at Estadio Jose Alvalade is priced up at 2.75.
Sporting CP vs Benfica: Bet Tips
Sporting CP to win @ 2.15
Sporting CP to keep a clean sheet @ 2.75.