Sporting vs Portimonense
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 3 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon).
Sporting failed to back up the impressive -0 victory over 3rd-placed Braga as they were held to a goalless draw last weekend away at Maritimo. The Lions thus missed a chance to narrow the gap behind Braga down to one point as the Archbishops also slipped-up falling 0-2 at home to Belenenses last time out.
The team led by Marcel Keizer will, however, have a nice chance to return to winning ways in the last game of 24th round when they play host to out-of-form Portimonense at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Sporting were knocked out of Europa League losing 1-2 on aggregate to Spanish Villarreal. They can now completely focus on domestic affairs meaning we should expect their strongest line-up on Sunday evening.
Sporting vs Portimonense: Head-to-head
The hosts will have an extra motivation to get revenge for a tough 4-2 loss they suffered against Portimonense in this term of Primeira Liga.
Overall, the Lions won four and lost two of six meetings with Portimonense.
Sporting won each of two home outings in the process (4-1 goal difference).
Sporting vs Portimonense: Prediction
Portimonense were one of most pleasant surprises in the first half of the season. However, they are not pulling up any trees after the winter break. They claimed only one point from last five league outings and will come into this in the lowest of spirits.
Antonio Folha’s troops just lacked creativity in the final third recently. They scored only two goals in past five Primeira Liga fixtures. Scoring goals has always been an issue for them on travels. They bagged just eight in eleven league games on the road (3 wins and 8 defeats in the process).
Sporting rarely dropped points on the home patch where they won 10, drew 1 and lost 1 of 12 matches this season. We expect them to keep such stellar form going and claim a comprehensive clean sheet victory against struggling counterparts here.
Sporting vs Portimonense: Bet Tips
HT/FT Sporting/Sporting @ 1.90 (9/10)
Sporting to keep a clean sheet @ 2.00 (1/1).