Sporting CP vs Benfica Prediction and Betting Preview 17 Jan 2020

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Sporting CP vs Benfica PredictionSporting CP vs Benfica Prediction and Preview for Friday's Portuguese Primeira Liga fixture. It is arguably the biggest match of the Primeira Liga as Sporting takes on Benfica in the Derby de Lisboa.

Portugal’s premier league has 3 big teams that have won the domestic titles 83 times among themselves; Benfica (37), Sporting CP (18) and Porto (28). only two other teams have claimed the league since inception and such is the dominance of the three top teams. This will be quite a match-up, a tussle of titans between Portugal’s best clubs. Who will roar at the capital?
Match status: 2019/20 Primeira Liga - Matchweek 17
Kick-off:
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade (Lisbon)

The home side comes into this derby on the back of a 3-1 away win at Setubal, a result which saw them firmly cement their 4th place standing. Previously, they had lost at home to Porto and really needed that victory to boost morale against a daunting opposition. Will they have what it takes against the log leaders?

Their loss to Porto was the first in 7 outings and with such excellent form at home, they are worthy challengers to perennial winners Benfica. Few teams dare come up against Benfica and Sporting CP has their work cut out for them. Clearly.

Visitors Benfica, the domestic defending champions, are still soaring high. Top of the table by four points, they have only lost once this season 16 games in (W15 L1) having scored 40 goals while conceding only 6. The Eagles are flying high and well on their way to retain title glory.

In fact, Bruno Lage’s side is unbeaten in their last 13 outings and are unlikely to drop points in a derby where points come second and victory first. Portuguese derbies are passionate affairs and while it will be hard to stop Benfica’s duo of Pizzi and Carlos Vinicius with a combined 22 goals between them, Sporting will be out to draw blood too.

Benfica has the better head-to-head record between these two domestic giants and has won half of their 10 meetings with the hosts winning once. On four occasions have spoils been shared in their last 10 meetings. In their most recent encounter, Sporting CP was humbled 5-0 by the champions and revenge will be in the air following that humiliation. It will not be an easy walk for the visiting side.


Injured or Suspended Players:

The home side will be without Neto out with a broken rib and Sebastian Coates, who has accumulated a lot of yellow cards.

Defending champions Benfica will be only without R. Silva who is set to sit this one out with a groin injury.

Pre-Match Odds:

Sporting CP - 3.58
Draw - 3.64
Benfica - 2.03

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.


Sporting CP vs Benfica Predictions

Expect an action-filled contest with both sides eager for a win. No team will want to be bullied around in a derby and with the excitement already building up, we are set for a thriller at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Benfica should draw at least a point here.
Main Match Predictions:
Over 2.5 @ 1.87
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Correct Score:
Sporting 2-2 Benfica @ 13.00
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