Friday night’s big Primeira Liga clash pits together two of the Big Three, with Porto aiming to solidify their place at the top of the table. Both Sporting and Benfica are chasing down the Dragons, and the Lions can strike a blow with an away win at the leaders this weekend. These big games tend to be tense affairs, but just how will this one go? Are we going to see Porto’s unbeaten season brought to an end, or will Sporting suffer their second defeat in the league this term?
Porto have managed to carve out a five point lead over their rivals, so a defeat for Sporting here would effectively end their hopes of winning the title. On top of that, the Lions would then face an uphill battle just to make next season’s Champions League. There are huge stakes going in to this game, so the visitors will be worried by the fact that they’ve got a poor record in this fixture over the years.
Porto have won nine of their last 11 meetings with Sporting at home, and we’re going for another win for the leaders this weekend. The hosts are in brilliant form in the league, and it’s hard to see anyone stopping them from sealing the title. The Dragons have won 10 of their last 11 matches in the league, and they’re in a strong position to add to that,given their record at home to the Lions.
With 21 wins from their last 24 home league games, we can’t see Porto slipping up in this clash. They are fresh from a victory over Sporting in the Portuguese Cup, and the leaders are showing themselves to be streets ahead of the rest of the division. We think the hosts are great value for the victory, especially with Sporting winning just three of their previous seven away domestic matches.
Tiquinho could be the man to make the difference for Porto, despite having little impact throughout most of the season. The Brazilian forward has hit a great run of form of late, and he’ll be hoping to add to his recent goal haul in one of their biggest games of the season. He has eight goals in his last six matches for Porto, which includes the decisive goal in their win over Sporting in the cup last month. We’re backing him to strike against the Lions once again, having scored both goals in the victory over Sporting last term.
Head To Head
Porto have won four of their last six at home to Sporting.
FC Porto vs Sporting Lisbon Stats
- Porto have kept a clean sheet in 58% of their Primeira Liga matches.
- Sporting have claimed 59% of their points at home this season.
- Porto have been winning at the end of each half in seven of their last nine at home in the league.