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Sporting Lisbon vs FC Porto Odds & Prediction – Portugal Primeira Liga Round 5

John Dillon

by John Dillon in Soccer

Sep 10, 2021 · 8:40 AM PDT

Sporting Lisbon vs FC Porto
Sporting's captain Sebastian Coates, center, lifts the trophy at the end of the Portuguese League soccer match between Sporting CP and Boavista FC at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Sporting defeated Boavista 1-0 to clinch the championship title, with two more rounds still left to play. (AP Photo/Pedro Rocha)
  • Second-placed Porto hosts third-placed Sporting in Lisbon at 3:30 pm ET on Saturday
  • Both teams have identical records after three wins and one draw apiece
  • See the odds and best bets for Sporting Lisbon vs FC Porto in the Portugal Primeira Liga Round 5

Undefeated title holders Sporting Lisbon hosts rivals Porto in an enticing clash of two of Portugal’s major powers on Saturday.

Both teams have identical records as they chase early leaders Benfica.

In second place, Porto has 10 points from four games with eight goals scored and two conceded.

Meanwhile, Sporting boasts the same statistics in the third spot although, essentially, the teams are joint-second.

Sporting Lisbon vs FC Porto Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Sporting Lisbon vs Porto SPO -1 (+450) | POR +1 (-210) SPO +150 | POR +170 | DRAW +210 Ov 2.5 (+102) | Un 2.5 (-142)

Odds as of September 10 at FanDuel

Benfica, furthermore, is the only team in the league with a 100-percent record and is in first place with 12 points.

Certainly, a huge amount is at stake in this meeting of two of the nation’s most imposing clubs.

Therefore, it is a tight call for the oddsmakers at FanDuel. They rate Sporting as a slight favorite for a win at +150 with Porto at +170.

The draw, moreover, is an inviting +210 with kick-off at 3:30 pm ET.

FanDuel also offers a very attractive Correct Score Prop with a price of +1400 for a 2-2 draw this weekend.

Tough Upcoming UCL Fixtures May Influence Game

It needs to be borne in mind, however, that despite the importance of this fixture, both teams will also have one eye on their demanding opening games in the Champions League in the following midweek.

On Wednesday, Porto heads for a tough assignment away against Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile, Sporting is at home against Ajax on the same day.

Sporting is the reigning champion after winning its first title since 2002 last season.

Nevertheless, both these sides like to attack and an open and exciting – but even – contest looks in-store at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Sporting is the reigning champion in Portugal’s Primeira Liga after winning its first title since 2002 last season.

Under coach Ruben Amorim, the team was enjoying a seven-game winning streak across all competitions – following on from last season – until it was surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Famalicao two weeks ago.

That result was influenced by the fact that Famalicao went in front thanks to an own goal from Sporting’s Nuno Mendes.

However, Joao Palhinha claimed a point by equalizing eight minutes from time.

Sporting Lisbon vs Porto Statistics

Sporting Lisbon
VS
Porto
3 Wins 3
1 Draws 1
0 Losses 0
8 Goals 8
2 Goals Against 2
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
2 Clean Sheets 2

The league campaign had opened with three straight wins for Sporting during which they conceded only one goal.

Firstly, it comprehensively defeated Vizela 3-0. Then, subsequently, there was a 2-1 win against Braga.

Following that, Sporting overcame Belenenses 2-0.

Super Cup Win for Sporting

It has already claimed some silverware this season after winning the Portuguese Super Cup by 2-1 against Braga on July 28.

Porto, meanwhile, finished in second place last season five points behind Sporting.

It is in even more imposing form than Sporting and is unbeaten in its last 17 matches across all competitions.

Porto is seeking to win back the championship it last won in 2019-20.

Certainly, it opened its campaign in encouraging fashion with a 2-0 home win against Belenenses.

Secondly, the team won 2-1 at Famalicao.

Following that, however, there was a slip-up when Porto was held 1-1 at Maritimo.

Things got back on track with a 3-0 defeat of Arouca last time out – with the goals coming from Mateus Uribi, Mehdi Taremi and Ivan Marcano.

In the last six meetings, Sporting has won twice, Porto has won twice and there have been two draws.

Adding to the sense that this will be an intense and evenly matched fixture is the recent record between the sides.

In the last six meetings, Sporting has won twice, Porto has won twice and there have been two draws.

There was a 0-0 draw the last time the teams met in the league in Porto last February.

The player to watch for Sporting is the Portuguese international Pedro Goncalves who has hit three league goals already this season.

Meanwhile, the Spanish center-forward Toni Martinez has struck three times in the league for Porto.

Furthermore, Porto will be without injured regular goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin.

His deputy, Diogo Costa has, however, filled in without problems.

Mendes Departed for PSG

Sporting lost international full-back, Nuno Mendes, to Paris Saint-Germain on loan on transfer deadline day – with attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia heading the other way.

That has added to the team’s potency going forward.

Certainly, it seems there will be goals in this game. Both teams are evenly matched with a similar brave outlook.

They are each, furthermore, displaying consistent form.

In conclusion, after a goalless draw in their last meeting, another even score looks like the best option here.

Pick: Draw +210

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