Sporting CP vs Famalicao Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Sporting CP’s leaky defence is likely to be tested against Famalicao and Estádio José Alvalade. The hosts are favourites in this Primeira Liga clash but this one could be closer than many expect.
Sporting Clube de Portugal Form & Team News
Sporting CP have had a tough start to the season which saw manager Marcel Keizer sacked and replaced by caretaker boss Leonel Pontes. Pontes’ first match in charge was a 1-1 draw at Boavista which was followed by a 3-2 defeat at PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Europa League.
The Lions battled hard with a Bruno Fernandes penalty and Pedro Mendes strike getting them back into the game, but their poor defence continues to let them down. Sporting have not kept a clean sheet in their last 16 matches in all competitions.
Leonel Pontes doesn’t have many injuries to contend with, right back Stefan Ristovski, midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia and attacker Luiz Phellype are out but winger Jovane Cabral made his return off the bench in Eindhoven.
Pontes has to find the right balance in defence and attack. Luis Neto and Sebastian Coates need time to gel in central defence while new attackers Luciano Vietto and Yannick Bolasie might not be the best partnership up front.
Sporting CP are paying 1.50 to beat Famalicao which is too short in my book. The Lisbon club have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 16 matches in all competitions, I think there is more value in BTTS which has occurred in Sporting’s previous eight matches in the Primeira Liga.
Sporting CP have seen over 3.5 goals in three of their last four matches in all competitions which can be backed at 2.37.
Famalicao Form & Team News
Famalicao have made a tremendous start to the season, back in the top flight for the first time since 1994. Some smart signings on and off the field have resulted in a young, talented and hungry team that are undefeated in five Primeira Liga matches.
Famalicao’s last match was a 4-2 win at Pacos de Ferreira. Goals to Fábio Martins (2), Guga and Pote gave the northern club a 4-0 lead before they lost concentration and conceded two late goals.
Central defender Roderick Miranda was taken off in the early stages and is a doubt here. Lionn returns from suspension and battles Willian for a spot at right back.
Manager João Pedro Sousa is riding high after being assistant to Marco Silva at Estoril, Sporting CP, Olympiacos, Hull City, Watford and Everton. His star player is undoubtedly winger Fábio Martins who has four goals and two assists in five matches.
Famalicao are underdogs in Lisbon, bookmakers pricing them at 5.75 to win and 4.50 to claim a draw. They are undefeated in their last five Primeira Liga matches, are full of confidence and I think there is some value in backing a draw here.
Sporting CP vs Famalicao Head to Head
Sporting have an impressive 10-0 record against Famalicao with two draws. The last encounter was in the 2017/18 Taça de Portugal, Sporting winning 2-0 at the Estádio José Alvalade with goals to Sebastián Coates and Bas Dost, both goals assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
Sporting CP vs Famalicao Match Up
Sporting are in a period of transition with a caretaker manager that seems unable to stop their defensive issues. Despite having a great record against Famalicao, but the odds don’t seem to reflect their recent form.
Famalicao are flying with a number of players under 22 who are hungry, talented and responding well to manager João Pedro Sousa. They have been flying under the radar and have the weapons to hurt Sporting on Monday night.
Sporting CP vs Famalicao Key Statistics
Sporting CP have seen BTTS in their last 8 matches (Primeira Liga).
Sporting CP have seen over 3.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
Sporting CP have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 16 matches in all competitions.
Famalicao are undefeated in their last 5 Primeira Liga matches.
Famalicao have seen over 4.5 goals in last 2 matches (Primeira Liga).
Where is Sporting CP vs Famalicao?
Sporting CP vs Famalicao will take place at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal.
When is Sporting CP vs Famalicao?
Sporting CP vs Famalicao will kick off at 21.00 BST on Monday 23 September.
Where is Sporting CP vs Famalicao Live Streaming?
Watch the Sporting CP vs Famalicao match with bet365 live streaming.
Sporting CP can’t be trusted despite playing at home and having a fantastic record against Famalicao. I am opposing the hosts here in what should be an exciting and attacking match.