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Sporting Lisbon vs Benfica Prediction & Betting Tips

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        Sporting vs Benfica Prediction & Betting Tips

        Sporting Lisbon and Benfica share centre stage in Portugal next weekend as the league leaders host a Benfica side looking to retain their title. This game could provide a unique audition for Ruben Amorim as all eyes will be on him following the increased speculation regarding the links to the Liverpool job next season.

        Date: 06/04/2024

        Location: Estadio Jose Alvalade

        Kick-off: 20:30 pm

        Sporting and Benfica will know that in the case of dropped points, neither side will lose their position in the table. If the away side were to win, Benfica would move to the top of the table. Sporting does have a game in hand over Benfica, so a win would move Amorim’s side four points clear at the top of the table. Since he arrived from Braga in 2020, the former Benfica player Ruben Amorim has overseen a revolution at Sporting Lisbon.

        Amorim is responsible for overseeing Sporting’s first league title in over 20 years. Following their triumph in 2021, Amorim has added two Taca Da Liga’s (Portuguese League Cup) and individually he was won manager of the year in the title-winning season. His exploits with Sporting Lisbon had garnered him the reputation of one of the brightest managers in Europe amidst the reported links to Liverpool.

        So far this season, Sporting Lisbon have been consistent in the league and their position reflects this. Leading the way after 26 games played, Sporting currently have 68 points on the board after 26 games played. Sporting are averaging 2.6 points per game at this stage. Their record has been fantastic in terms of the overall form, having won 22 league games, drawing twice and losing the other two. Amorim, who currently deploys a 3-4-3 has produced a great attacking output so far this season.

        The hosts have scored 77 goals in 26 games – which gives them an average of 2.9 goals scored per game. In the defensive area, they’ve conceded 26 in 26 which averages to a goal a game. Sporting currently have a superior goal difference to Benfica should that come into play at the end of the season.

        As for Benfica, as mentioned they are the reigning champions and are looking to make it triumph number 39 in the league. Benfica will know that this Lisbon derby is of vital importance that they do win, to at least put some pressure on Sporting Lisbon to win their game in hand. Benfica are currently under the tenure of Roger Schmidt who has been in charge for just over a season.

        This season they currently have 67 points from 27 games – which gives them an average of 2.48 points per game. The key difference between the two sides when it comes to goal difference is the attack. Sporting have outscored their city rivals by 16 goals, this is despite Benfica boasting the second-best defensive record in the league. The Eagles have conceded 21 goals in 27 games – which gives them an average of 0.7 goals per game conceded. The only team to boast a better record defensively is Porto.

        Benfica are still involved in three competitions this season. Whilst second in the league, the Eagles are also involved in the UEFA Europa League as well as the domestic cup competition. Benfica have a tie with Marseille with an eventual tie against Liverpool also on offer.

        Their most recent game against each brought a measure of revenge for Sporting Lisbon. The hosts have an aggregate home lead over Benfica after a 2-1 win. Goals from Viktor Gyökeres and Pedro Gonçalves were enough to secure the first-leg win. The second leg takes place on the Tuesday before this league game.

        The overall head-to-head record in the last five games marginally favours Benfica. The Eagles have won two out of their last five against Sporting Lisbon, drawing twice and losing the remaining one. Sporting are chasing their first league win over Benfica in four games.

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        Sporting Lisbon to win @ 10/11

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        Team News

        Sporting Lisbon Team News

        Antonio Adán will be unavailable for the game against Benfica due to a muscle injury. Pedro Gonçalves will likely also miss the game due to similar reasons. Sporting have up to six suspension concerns which includes the likes of Ousmane Diomande.

        Benfica Team News

        Benfica will be without Tiago Gouveia and there is a suspension concern over Nicolas Otamendi.

        Recent form

        Sporting Lisbon’s league form is tremendous heading into this big rivalry game with Benfica. Ruben Amorim’s side have won four out of their last five games in the league, having only dropped points once in a 3-3 draw away to ten-man Rio Ave.

        In those five games played, Sporting Lisbon have scored 15 goals – which averages three goals per game for the league leaders. Defensively they have been slightly concerned having conceded seven in that time, however, their attack which has been superb this season has shown up during those key moments.

        The home form has been huge for the league leaders as they are currently unbeaten at home all this season in the league. Sporting Lisbon have won every single home game this season, with their two defeats taking place away from home.

        Viktor Gyökeres is statistically one of the best strikers in Europe this season with his performances. Following the move from Coventry City this summer, the Swedish international will be certainly courted by big European clubs this window with Sporting steadfast in not selling him. Gyokeres has 32 goals and assists in the league this season, whilst also having seven G/A contributions in the Europa League.

        Benfica also have great league form heading into this pivotal encounter with Sporting Lisbon. The Eagles have won four out of their last five games, losing the remaining game 5-0 away at rivals F.C Porto. Defensively they have been better than their opponents over those five games.

        Three shutouts against the likes of Chaves, Casa Pia and Portimonense, with a 3-1 win over Estoril Praia mean that the visitors have conceded six in those five games as well as the Porto defeat. Benfica’s last game was that 1-0 over Chaves. Joao Neves was on hand to give Benfica all three points.

        The key man for Benfica this season has been Rafa Silva. The Portuguese winger has 23 goals and assists in 26 games played in the league this season. Those statistics mean that for the sixth season running he has contributed ten or more goals and assists to the team in the league.

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        Where to watch

        The game will not be broadcast live in the UK.

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        Last updated 15/04/2024