Sporting CP vs Porto Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Sporting CP vs FC Porto prediction for the Primera Liga’s round 8 screamer on Sunday night, 1 October 2017. We have another upcoming edition of the Leões vs Dragões clash which involves two of the Big Three (Os Três Grandes) in Portuguese football. Find out more in our comprehensive match preview, predictions and free betting tips.
H2H History: Sporting CP vs FC Porto
Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon is set to stage the 226th competitive encounter between Sporting CP and FC Porto. After 225 matches “Lions” from Lisbon have a slight advantage on their side and that’s influenced by the better goal difference they possess. In fact, there is an absolute parity in winnings as both sides have won 81 games, while there are 63 draws. However, we inevitably have a winner in any of the last six derby editions, leaving the latest draw (1:1 in Lisbon) three years ago – 26 September 2014.
Last time FC Porto and Sporting CP met was early in February when The Dragons leveled the overall H2H balance after a 2:1 win at the “Estádio Do Dragão”. Tiquinho scored a first-half brace as an answer of Sporting’s 2:1 victory from August 2016, when Porto opened the score but The Lions managed to make a full comeback and eventually won the scuffle.
Primeira Liga: Sporting CP vs FC Porto 01.10.2017
Sporting CP and FC Porto were busy in the midweek as two of the trio representing Portugal in the UEFA Champions League. Now both sides must return the focus over their domestic league performance where we find them on the top two positions.
Porto, firmly inspired by a massive success (0:3) in the Principality of Monaco on Tuesday, travells to Lisbon with a clear purpose to maintain its position domestic leadership. Sergio Conceicao’s men are not only unbeaten but are yet to drop points, having seven successive wins. Dragons also have the best attack and defence in the Primeira Liga, so Conceicao has all prerequisites to rely on a positive outcome after his first major derby as a manager of Porto.
Sporting are still undefeated as well, but have dropped points during last weekend’s visit against Moreirense (1:1). A draw that is surrounded by two other negative results – first Sporting had a goalless home draw vs Marítimo (League Cup), followed by Wednesday’s Champions League challenge and a narrow defeat against a serious enemy from Barcelona’s caliber. Nevertheless, their overall record makes Sporting absolutely competitive on all fronts and losing to Barcelona is certainly not a tragedy.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Despite lack of goals scored in the last few games Jorge Jesus’s side shows improvement at the back. Former Benfica boss feels well in Lisbon and he hopes to become first one to bring the Primeira Liga trophy at the Estadio Jose Alvalade since 2002. He already accomplished that three times with Sporting’s Lisbon rival and knows that defense plays quite a role through the long journey. With the arrivals of Fabio Coentrao, Cristiano Piccini and Jeremy Mathieu, Jorge Jesus basically renewed Sporting’s defensive quartet, and Sebastian Coates remains the only one who kept his position from last season’s formation. Moreover, keeping William Carvalho at least for a while, despite all transfer rumours, makes Sporting more solid in defense, but The Lions must remind us their attacking abilities as well.
The only injury concern of Jorge Jesus is related with name of Seydou Doumbia who picked up an injury against Barcelona, so Bas Dost is expected to start up here. He will be supported by Bruno Fernandes (Sporting’s top scorer with 5 league goals) from second position, while Gelson Martins and Marcos Acuña are favourites to start on the wings.
Unlike Sporting, Porto boasts with an impressive scoring record – 10 goals in the last three games. Thus Dragons have shown they can seize fire and Conceicao can be pleased with the good form of his attacking players. Besides, his experiment with a 4-3-3 formation in Monaco has paid off and he might be tempted to name the same formation in Lisbon. This features the African attacking trio Yacine Brahimi, Moussa Marega and Vincent Aboubakar, supported by Danilo Pereira and Hector Herrera from midfield. There are two question ahead – whether Sergio Conceicao plans to use same formation as in the midweek, with Sergio Oliveira making his first season appearance in midfield at the expense of Oliver Torres, or Conceicao might return to the 4-4-2, with Jesus Corona and Brahimi as wide midfielders.
Anyway, all possible options are showing that Porto’s boss can field all key players and Dragons are keen on getting the eighth consecutive league win right prior the international break.
Sporting CP vs FC Porto Prediction and Betting Tips
Porto stands two points ahead of Sporting and won’t have to take a gamble here as even a draw suits them. Of course, winning at the enemy’s ground will be a perfect end of the week but let’s be realistic, that’s a completely different type of game. Sporting are those who must try to take control as a home side, but they don’t carry any expectations of being considered as the must-win favourites, like Monaco in the midweek, and we actually anticipate a very balanced match.
Although both teams have some really skilled attacking players, we don’t expect a high-scoring game and respectively our betting prediction goes on “Under 2.5 Goals“. After a few busy weeks and a demanding midweek action, both sides may be somehow exhausted which may reflect on the final score. There were over 2.5 goals in the last three derbies but this time we may have more cautious tactics in a different managerial duel. Sporting and Porto might be more tempted not to lose the game than of winning it, and that’s another reason which may have an impact over the final score.
Possible Lineups of Sporting CP and FC Porto
Venue: “Estadio Jose Alvalade”, Lisbon.
Referee: Carlos Xistra.
Sporting CP: Rui Patrício – Cristiano Piccini, Sebastian Coates, Jeremy Mathieu, Fabio Coentrao – Gelson Martins, Rodrigo Battaglia, William Carvalho, Marcos Acuña – Bruno Fernandes – Bas Dost. (4-4-1-1)
FC Porto: Iker Casillas – Alex Telles, Ivan Marcano, Felipe, Ricardo Pereira – Hector Herrera, Danilo Pereira, Sergio Oliveira – Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar, Moussa Marega. (4-3-3)