What a big match in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. League leaders Benfica travel to city rivals Sporting Lisbon, to the Estádio José Alvalade, on Sunday night. Find below our SPORTING LISBON v Benfica Lisbon betting preview, with picks, team news, probable lineups, streaming info, best odds and no deposit bonuses.
SPORTING LISBON v BENFICA BETTING PREVIEW
Sporting continued their excellent form last time out, coming from a goal down to beat Arouca 3-1. Overall, Sporting were defeated only once in the championship and are already in the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup.
The hosts only have one injury worry as Islam Slimani is back from international duty following Algeria's exit from the AFCON but he faces a late fitness test. Manchester UTD's wing Nani is bannerd due to the yellow cards while Jefferson is injured and J. Silva is suspended too.
Benfica, sitting pretty at the top of the table with a six-point lead over second-placed Porto and seven points ahead of their near neighbours. They bounced back from a rare defeat, by easing to a 3-0 victory at home to Boavista. The Eagles had played desperately poorly in the Champions League ending at the fourth place, while Braga was fatal in the Cup.
Goalkeeper Júlio César is out through injury while midfielder midfielder Nico Gaitán is a major doubt. Salvio, Anderson Talisca and Jonas could be the offensive trio behind lone forward Lima.
While Benfica have only dropped points in the league in three matches so far this season, one of those occasions came against Sporting back in August when the Eagles were held to their only draw (1-1) of the season so far.
SPORTING LISBON v BENFICA LINEUPS
SPORTING LISBON (4-4-2): Patricio; Soares, Lopes, Oliviera, Figueiredo; Silva, Mario, Carvalho, Carrillo; Montero, Slimani
BENFICA (4-2-3-1): Moraes; Eliseu, Jardel, Luisao, Pereira; Samaris, Pizzi; Salvio, Talisca, Jonas; Lima
SPORTING LISBON v BENFICA BEST ODDS
|SPORTING LISBON|| 2.70 with||Bet £10, win £27.00|
|THE DRAW|| 3.30 with||Bet £10, win £33.00|
|BENFICA|| 2.80 with||Vet £10, win £28.00|
SPORTING LISBON v BENFICA PREDICTIONS
- Benfica draw no bet @ 1.95
- 1:1 Correct Score @ 7.00
- The Draw (Half-Time) @ 2.10
- 2-3 Total Goals @ 2.05
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