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Porto VS Sporting CP

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Porto and Sporting face of at Estadio do Dragão on this match of the 23rd round of the Portuguese Pimeira Liga.

Lopetegui’s squad is 2nd at the moment with 52 points, 4 behind the leader Benfica, coming from 16 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. Porto comes into this match with 4 consecutive wins at home.

On the other side, “The Lions” are 3rd with 47 points, coming from 13 wins, 8 draws and 1 loss. Sporting has only one loss in 10 away games.

The head-to-head history between the teams favours the home team with 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses. Sporting has already won against Porto this season in a Portuguese Cup match by 3-1.

Analysis of Porto

The danger man of Porto is Jackson Martinez. The Colombian striker already has 17 goals scored having left his mark on many games. He will be accompanied by Brahimi, an Algerian with above average technical skills, able to invent some magic plays he has returned to his scoring ways last match.

The notable absence of Porto’s team will be Oliver Torres who will probably be substituted by Ruben Neves, a Portuguese youngster with great passing skills.

If Sporting uses some high pressing it is expected that the young and inexperienced defense will show some discoordination.

Probable Starters: Fabiano; Danilo, Maicon, Marcano, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Herrera, Rúben Neves; Tello, Brahimi, Jackson Martínez.
Coach: Lopetegui


Confirmed Lineup: Fabiano, Maicon, Danilo, Ivan Marcano, Alex Sandro, H. Herrera, Casemiro, Evandro, J. Martínez, Cristian Tello, Y. Brahimi.
Coach: Lopetegui.

Analysis of Sporting CP

The visitor’s strong suite are the transitions. The wingers, Nani and Carrillo have very similar characteristics: speed, technique, and scoring.

The striker will probably be Slimani. The Algerian has healed his injury and will probably retake his place on the starting squad.

On the midfield Joao Mario is the star. The youngster has amazing passing skills and game sense which make him the team’s maestro.

The very young defense may pose some problems with some normal discoordination do to their inexperience.

On this important match Marco Silva will probably adopt is usual 4-3-3 with its speedy wingers being the major threat.

Probable Starters: Rui Patrício; Miguel Lopes, Tobias Figueiredo, Paulo Oliveira, Jonathan Silva; William Carvalho, Adrien e João Mário; Nani, Carrillo, Slimani.
Coach: Marco Silva


Confirmed Lineup: Rui Patrício, J. Silva, Cédric Soares, Paulo Oliveira, Tobias Figueiredo, João Mário, Adrien Silva, William Carvalho, A. Carrillo, F. Montero, Nani.
Coach: Marco Silva.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario for this game is the appearance of second half goals. With the importance this game has for both team’s championship run the first half will probably be much more defensive than usual. On the second half though, risks are sure to be taken with the probability of both teams confirm their statics of scoring more on second halves.
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Primeira Liga - 2014/2015

  • 100% 306 / 306 Games

  • Home team wins 44.77%
  • Draws 27.78%
  • Away team wins 27.45%
  • Over 1.5 72.88%
  • Over 2.5 45.42%
  • Over 3.5 25.16%
  • Goals 763
  • Goals /match 2.49
  • Goals /match home 1.45
  • Goals /match away 1.04
  • Both teams score 46.41%
  • Goals after 80' 20.18%
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