Liga NOS runners up Benfica host an exciting Sporting Lisbon side this Saturday. We preview this marquee matchup as the Liga NOS season comes to a close.
Who is playing?
Benfica vs Sporting Lisbon
What competition is it?
Liga NOS Matchday 34
What time is Benfica vs Sporting Lisbon?
21:15 GMT, Saturday 25th July 2020
Where do Benfica play their home games?
Estadio Sport Lisoba e Benfica
Where can I watch this game?
Benfica TV / DAZN
Thoughts on Benfica vs Sporting Lisbon
Despite the Liga NOS title race finishing as it crowned Porto as champions, this game between 2nd and 3rd place will be the game we will fix all eyes on for the last game week of the 19/20 season. Benfica’s home record this season has been good however, in the previous five games Benfica have played at home they have earned eight points from a possible 15. Whilst this record may concern Benfica fans, they can be slightly at ease knowing that Sporting Lisbon have only earned five points from their previous five away games.
In the previous matchup between the two sides, the Eagles came out victorious in a 2-0 away win at Sporting Lisbon. Rafa Silva bagged a brace in the second half as Benfica dominated the game in Sporting’s own backyard. With Benfica hosting the game, it could seem a little one-sided as the hosts will be the favourites coming into the game.
Benfica to go out with a bang?
The record holders in league titles with 37 Benfica have fallen short of the league title once more this season, but it will not deter the side with wanting to finish to season on a high; setting a statement of intent for the upcoming season. Benfica averaged 2.24 points per game throughout the season which is an excellent figure, and their home record is slightly worse with 2.19 points per game.
Not only are the Eagles a dominant side in the league, but they are also a resilient one too. Scoring 19% of their total goals in the final 10 minutes of play in a game, highlighting the grit and determination to get all three points. They are a team that on average can outscore teams at home this season, scoring 2.25 goals per game while conceding 0.75 goals per game at home.
Overall, the hosts won 70% of all their games so far this season, which is a mind-blowing statistic for a team that didn’t win the league this season.
A season of what could have been for Sporting Lisbon
At the start of the season, Sporting Lisbon were flying high in both European and domestic competitions. But since the turn of the new year and the departure of former talisman Bruno Fernandes, Sporting Lisbon hasn’t reached the heights expected of the club this season. Averaging 1.82 points per game this season; managing only 1.44 points away from home, which isn’t reassuring coming into this game.
Not to add insult to injury or anything, but, when playing away from home Sporting Lisbon have kept a clean sheet only 19% of the time, not very encouraging for the Sporting faithful to hear. Fear not, Sporting Lisbon on average have a better goal per game than goals against when playing away from home. Scoring 1.47 goals per game and conceding 1.44 per game.
Despite leaving in January, Bruno Fernandes still has the highest goal and assists contributions in the Sporting Lisbon team with 14 G/A. This shows Sporting’s issue with finishing in the final third of the pitch.
Benfica last five matches:
- CD Aves (A) 4-0 Win
- Vitoria Guimaraes (H) 2-0 Win
- Famalicao (A) 1-1 Draw
- Boavista FC (H) 3-1 Win
- CS Maritimo (A) 2-0 Loss
Sporting Lisbon last five matches:
- Vitoria Setubal (H) 0-0 Draw
- Porto (A) 2-0 Loss
- Santa Clara (H) 1-0 Win
- Moreirense (A) 0-0 Draw
- Gil Vicente (H) 2-1 Win
Benfica top contributors:
- Carlos Vinicius (Forward) Another Brazilian throwing their hat into the ring for Benfica player of the season is Carlos Vinicius. Scoring 17 goals and assisting five shows just how well he has adapted to the surrounding competition, justifying the interest in him from top European clubs.
- Pizzi (Midfielder) One of the most consistently brilliant players the league has seen over the past decade, Pizzi once again has put up ridiculous numbers this season, scoring 18 goals with 13 assists to go with it. A talented creator for this Benfica side which sees him linked to clubs like Man Utd and Barcelona regularly.
Sporting Lisbon top contributors:
- Luiz Phellype (Forward) The tricky Brazilian has stepped up in the goal-scoring department following the departure of Bruno Fernandes. A constant threat in and around the penalty area has seen the forward bag six goals this season.
- Luciano Vietto (Forward) Since joining from Fulham in the summer of 2019, Vietto has settled into the Portuguese game very well, bagging four assists and a further four goals. Despite not having the greatest of scoring records, his off the ball presence boards very well for the team’s successes this season.
|January 17th 2020||SCP 0- 2 SLB||Liga NOS|
|August 4th 2019||SLB 5-0 SCP||Liga NOS|
|April 3rd 2019||SCP 1-0 SLB||Liga NOS|
|February 6th 2019||SLB 2-1 SCP||Liga NOS|
|February 3rd 2019||SCP 2-4 SLB||Liga NOS|
Jake’s Betting Tips
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