FC Porto 24-4-3, Sporting CP 18-5-8
7/15/20 4:30 pm
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FC Porto is hosting Sporting CP at Estadio do Dragao in round 32 in Portuguese Primeira Liga.
With 4 straight wins, and without a loss in their last 6 games overall, Porto is at the top of the standings with 76 points, and even though the season is not yet over, I’m confident that Porto will be the new champion as they have big 8 points to spare in front of Benfica. Porto is the best team in Portugal overall, and they have scored big 65 goals while conceding only 19 goals in 31 games. In their latest Primeira Liga game against Tondela on the road, Porto was the better team with 51% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, and solid 82% of the correct passes. With 3 goals in the second half, Porto has won this game 1-3. Since the restart, Porto has scored 15 goals, while conceding only 3 goals, but the even better news for Porto is that they have conceded only 1 goal in their last 6 games. Marega and Telles are Porto’s top goal scorers with 10 goals each, while Soares added 8 goals. Jesus Corona added 11 assists for Porto. Marcano is injured while Corona and Uribe are suspended because of the yellow cards. With only 3 games left to be played, Porto has to win 2 more points, which shouldn’t be a problem for them. Porto will also get the opportunity to win another trophy against Benfica in Taco de Portugal on August 1st.
Sporting is in third place in the standings with 59 points, and even though they are always close to Porto and Benfica, Sporting is always missing that one final step to get to their level. Sporting hasn’t lost any of their last 8 games dating back to early March, but since the restart, Sporting is still undefeated, and they are playing well. Sporting hasn’t been as nearly effective as Benfica and Porto are in the attacking end, and Sporting has scored 48 goals this season. Defensively, Sporting is also weaker than Benfica and Porto with 30 conceded goals. Fernandes is still Sporting’s top goalscorer with 8 goals and 7 assists despite leaving for Manchester United a while ago, while Cabral and Luiz added 6 goals each. Phellype and Vietto are both injured and will not be in the lineup. In their most recent Primeira Liga game against Santa Clara at home, Sporting was a much better team with 66% of ball possession, 8 corner kicks, 86% of the correct passes, but only 1 shot on goal. Even that 1 shot on goal was enough for Sporting to score the winning goal in this match, which ended 1-0. Sporting will surely end the season in one of the Europa League spots, the only question is whether it will 3rd or 4th spot, but it doesn’t matter much because both spots lead into the Europa League qualifications.
When playing at home, Porto has not lost to Sporting in their last 4 games. The trends are slightly on Porto’s side in this matchup, and I believe they will want to win this game to secure their title, but Sporting has been playing well recently and I think they could score at least one more goal here.