Sporting Lisbon vs Tondela
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 22nd October, 2016
Kick-off: 18:15 UK
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvelade, Lisbon.
Sporting Lisbon are probably one of the unluckiest teams in this year’s edition of UEFA Champions League. First they have lost points to Real Madrid in the injury time, while Tuesday’s match against Borussia Dortmund was tragic as well. Jorge Jesus’s boys have missed a couple of great goal opportunities and drastically lowered their playoff chances.
They will try to mend their wounds on Saturday against total underdogs, team Tondela. The visitors are considered to be one of the weakest teams in Primeira Liga, currently sitting in only one position away from the bottom.
As expected, the bookmakers are heavily favoring the home side to keep their 100% win rate on their pitch. Tondela have managed to win only one point on the road this year, so 14/1 rate on away victory is definitely not representing a surprise.
Sporting Lisbon vs Tondela: Head-to-Head Stats
These two sides have met only two times in history so far both of which happened in the 2015/16 Primeira Liga season. This is mainly because Tondela were never part of the elite division before.
Sporting have won the first clash 2-1 which was played at Tondela’s home ground. However, Tondela managed to hold Sporting to a 2-2 in a 4-goals thriller in the return leg at Estadio Jose Alvelade.
Sporting Lisbon vs Tondela: Prediction
The departure of Slimani to Leicester City has left a huge scar on the squad, but it seems like Lazar Markovic and Bas Dost are decent replacements. We are assured they will carry Sporting to another victory on Saturday and finish the game with a clean sheet. The key stat of 4 consecutive home wins of Sporting means that they could be confidently backed in this game.
Sporting Lisbon vs Tondela: Betting Tips
Sporting to win HT and FT at 1.62 (8/13)
Both teams to score – NO at 1.67 (4/6).