Sporting vs Benfica PREVIEW & PREDICTION 17/01/2020

“Burn” Lisbon. Friday at 21:15 on “José Alvalade” the two major rivals Sporting and Benfica will face in a derby scheduled in the last round of the tour of the 2019-2020 edition of the first league in Portugal.

The stakes of the three points are huge, Benfica being in the fight with FC Porto for the championship title while Sporting is “clinging” desperately to the place that will allow him to be present in the next edition of the Europa League.

Benfica comes in the lead of the rival with an iron morale, being leader in the ranking with 45 points, with four over FC Porto who are in 2nd place and only slightly 16 points in front of Sporting, team that occupies the 4th place, the podium being supplemented by the surprise of Famalicao, car team who accumulated in 16 rounds 30 points.

Despite the huge difference that separates the two in the standings, the confrontation is said to be balanced. After losing in their previous home match with FC Porto, score 2-1, Sporting is condemned to get a positive result against rivals to try to reconcile with their supporters. A possible failure would cause the fans to permanently lose their trust in their favorites who, through this season’s tour below expectations, have disappointed.

At the last visit to “José Alvalade”, Benfica gave way to the limit, 1-0 score but Bruno Lage’s team has before him in this duel the moral ascendant given both the place in the standings and the record of the last “direct”, one that It is favorable to him, Benfica prevailing in three of the last five duels, Sporting having a victory while a duel ended indecisively.

PREDICTION: Benfica to win @ 2,02