Sporting CP vs Maritimo
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 29 September 2018
Kick-Off at 21:00 UK / 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon).
Sporting will be hoping to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 defeat to Braga in the derby of the previous Matchday. Maritimo are certainly not the easiest of opponents in the division, but it will indeed be a very winnable tie for the hosts given O Maior das Ilhas’ struggles on the road.
Maritimo truly look to be a completely different side when they play away from Funchal. They won 3, drew 4 and lost as many as 10 of 17 away fixtures in the league last season. It’s a very poor record for the outfit which came seventh at the end of the campaign.
Sporting, on the other side, are a major force at Estadio Jose Alvalade. They were impeccable in front of the home crowd last season, winning 14 and drawing 3 of 17 games there.
Sporting CP vs Maritimo: Head-to-head
The two teams met each other just two weeks ago in Taca da Liga.
Sporting unexpectedly came on top 3-1 at home, a win inspired by a Bruno Fernandes brace.
Overall, the Lions were much more successful in the history of games at Jose Alvalade where they won 23, drew 4 and lost only 3 of 30 matches against O Maior das Ilhas.
Four of last five head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.
Sporting CP vs Maritimo: Prediction
Sporting won all four games on the home patch across competitions this season. The streak includes two league wins (over Vitoria Setubal and Feirense), the mentioned Taca da Liga success against Maritimo and a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijani Qarabag on the opening day of the new Europa League campaign.
The visitors, on the other side, failed to bounce back from the cup loss. They could not break the deadlock past the struggling Belenenses side in a goalless draw at Estadio dos Barreiros last weekend.
We thus expect another pleasant evening for the home fans at Estadio Jose Alvalade. The main bet is Sporting to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end at 1.95 odds.
Sporting CP vs Maritimo: Bet Tips
HT/FT Sporting/Sporting @ 1.95 (19/20)
Sporting to keep a clean sheet 1.90 (9/10).