Sporting vs Porto
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 12 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:30 UK / 16:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon).
Porto extended the gap at the very top of the Primeira Liga standings to six points after another comprehensive victory on Monday when they dispatched Nacional 3-1 at Dragao.
Yacine Brahimi was the main who stole the show netting a brace on the occasion. The reigning champions thus continued their super impressive run in this term of the competition.
They won 14 and lost 2 of 16 league matches so far in the season and nobody seems to be a genuine threat to their crown this time around.
Can Sergio Conceicao’s men maintain such a brilliant form and pick up their 19th consecutive victory in all competitions on Saturday afternoon against the likes of Sporting CP away at Estadio Jose Alvalade?
It is certainly one of the toughest away games in the league, but Porto still head into it as favourites following the mentioned winning thread.
Sporting CP vs FC Porto: Head-to-head
Porto lead the head to head tie by 7 wins coming into the 61st meeting with the Lions.
The two sides last battled it out in April last year when Sporting C claimed victory in the Taca da Portugal semi-final (on penalties).
Azuis e Brancos won just 8 of 29 H2H games at Estadio Jose Alvalade though.
Three of past five head to head fixtures ended without goals.
Sporting CP vs FC Porto: Prediction
The Lions dropped down to 4th in the league ladder after a disappointing 2-1 defeat against ten-man Tondela on Monday. Even though their rivals had a man sent off just six minutes after the break, Sporting failed to capitalize on it and are now as many as 8 points shy of runaway leaders Porto.
Nevertheless, Marcel Keizer will rely on his team’s superb home form here. The Lions won all of eight home matches in the season with an impressive 21-6 goal difference in the process.
We expect to see a huge battle at the center of the park and very few goal-scoring chances knowing that three of past five H2H outings between these two likes ended in goalless draws.
Sporting CP vs FC Porto: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.20 (11/5)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5).