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Sporting CP vs Benfica Predictions & Tips - Portuguese high flyers set for a draw

  • Sporting CP vs Benfica predictions for Monay’s Primeira Liga match
  • The game is being played at 9.30pm GMT at Estádio José Alvalade
  • Sporting CP are undefeated in 19 of their last 20 matches
  • I am backing draw in the Lisbon derby
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Sporting have drawn 4 of their last 7 Primeira Liga matches against Benfica (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 29 Jan 2021
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Sporting CP vs Benfica Predictions


Sporting CP and Benfica have been very hard to beat in the Primeira Liga this season. The Lions will probably be content with a draw to maintain their six point advantage over the Eagles.

  • Sporting CP are undefeated in 19 of their last 20 matches (all competitions).
  • Sporting CP have won 9 of their last 10 home matches (all competitions).
  • Sporting CP have drawn 4 of their last 7 matches against Benfica (Primeira Liga).
  • Benfica are undefeated in their last 8 matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Benfica have drawn 3 of their last 4 matches (Primeira Liga).

Head to Head


Benfica have a 135-109 advantage against Sporting CP with 65 draws in 309 matches.

Benfica have won the last three including both matches last season, 2-0 at the Alvalade and 2-1 at the Estádio da Luz.

Sporting CP Form


Sporting CP sit top of the Primeira Liga after 12 wins and 3 draws in their opening 15 matches. The Lions are undefeated in 19 of their last 20 matches in all competitions.

Ruben Amorim’s recently won six matches in a row with five coming to nil. The winning run came to a halt in torrential rain in Madeira, Sporting suffering a 2-0 defeat against Maritimo in the Portuguese Cup.

Sporting returned to league action with a 1-1 draw at home against Rio Ave after having 68% possession and 14-6 shots. They bounced back by winning the League Cup.

Sporting beat Porto 2-1 in the semi-finals thanks to two late goals to Jovane Cabral. Pedro Porro scored the winner in the final, 1-0 against Braga.

Sporting’s last match was a 2-0 win at bottom club Boavista. Nuno Santos opened the scoring and Pedro Porro scored in another dominant team display.

Sporting CP Injuries & Team News


Sporting have lodged an appeal to have midfielder Joao Palhinha available after he picked up his 5th booking of the season against Boavista. Matheus Nunes is on standby to start.

Brazilian striker Luiz Phellype remains out with a cruciate ligament rupture.

Attacking midfielder Bruno Tabata came off the bench late against Boavista but is a long way from being a starter in this squad.

Attacking midfielder Pedro Gonçalves is available after suspension. He has been in sensational form in the Primeira Liga this season, scoring 12 goals in 13 appearances.

Benfica Form


Benfica find themselves 6 points behind Sporting and 2 points behind Porto in the Primeira Liga. The Eagles have been below their best in recent weeks but there have been excuses.

Jorge Jesus’ side earned a 1-1 draw against Porto at the Dragao. Alejandro Grimaldo opened the scoring but they couldn’t capitalise after Porto were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute.

Benfica suffered a corona virus outbreak shortly before a 2-1 defeat against Braga in the League Cup semi-finals. They then drew 1-1 at home against Nacional with a weakened side.

Benfica’s last match was a 3-0 home win against Belenenses in the Portuguese Cup. Darwin Núñez opened the scoring with Rafa and Franco Cervi were on target in a routine win.

Benfica Injuries & Team News


Benfica are recovering from a recent corona virus outbreak. Goalkeepers Odysseas Vlachodimos and winger Everton tested positive and will miss out here.

Right back André Almeida remains out with a cruciate ligament rupture.

Goalkeeper Helton Leite, centre back Nicolás Otamendi and left back Nuno Tavares should be available after testing positive.

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Verdict

Sporting CP have yet to lose in the Primeira Liga this season. This is one of their toughest tests and they could be content with a draw to maintain their six point cushion against Benfica.

Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @245.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @550.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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