Sporting CP vs Benfica Soccer Prediction Today
A closer look than what the bookmakers make it. Benfica stumbled in the last round, but Sporting has also shown weaknesses and the match should be very close.
They are on points, but Benfica has been better in this season (allowing, for example, far fewer expected goals).
Benfica dominated the reverse showdown. Closed 1-1, but it was clear who had the best chances.
Sporting has more players who suffer from injuries and minor problems. Important midfield Carvalho is still dubious after a month’s absence, while Piccini, Mathieu (both regular defenders) is not in the top form.
Benfica has no new injuries and only one regular player is reported doubtful.
Benfica gets Jardel (solid middle defense) and Fejsa (permanent central midfield) back in this match.
Benfica has won 5 weeks in a row and has not lost in the league since September last year.
The defeat to Tondela in the final round may make Benfica wake up a little.
Sporting’s last 5 league matches: 3 narrow one-shot wins against middle teams (Belenenses, Boavista and Portimonense), internal problems up to Paços match (which one won), 0-1 defeat against Braga.
Soccer Prediction of the Day Sporting CP vs Benfica
Benfica’s top scorer Jonas is questionable for the match. It can be difficult to score without the Brazilian.
The home advantage weighs heavily in a derby like this.
Benfica lost most surprisingly to Tondela in the last round. Clear weaknesses.
Sporting is really good at Estádio José Alvalade: 14-2-0 for the season.
There will not be any of the teams left here: Extremely important battle that can go both ways.
However, it seems that the three dubious Sporting players have quite good chances of starting. The question is thus the form.
Prediction Today: Sporting CP wins