The classic involving Sporting and Porto is the great attraction of the seventeenth round of the Portuguese Championship edition 2018/2019, the last of the first round. It will be held this Saturday, January 12, at the Estádio José Avalade, in Lisbon, starting at 13:30 (Brasília time).The visitors will enter the field in the lead of the tournament and will leave in the same position. With 42 points (14 wins and two losses) accumulated, they have already secured in advance the symbolic title of winter champion, which is awarded to the winner of the first half of the tournament.The sapling could even step on the lawn as vice leader. But he missed the opportunity to be beaten last Monday, January 7, by little Tondela, by 2 to 1. With that, he fell to fourth place on the leaderboard. He has 34 points (11 wins, one draw and four losses).
It was not the only loss left by the confrontation of the penultimate round for Sporting. The meeting left doubts about the team’s ability, which after an impressive campaign since Dutch coach Marcel Keizer took command, suffered two defeats in the last three matches of the Premier League.The failure before the Tondela still had an aggravating one. The rival had an athlete expelled (Jaquite) in the five minutes of the second half, when they won by 1 to 0. But even so Sporting did not impose itself.His campaign at João Avalade, however, is impeccable in the Portuguese Championship. He won all eight of his games having scored 21 goals and conceded six. This feeds the hopes of fans to see the difference in the leader being shortened and keep alive the chances of breaking a fast of titles that approaches two decades.However, the bruising of his main striker, Dutch Bas Dost (ten matches in the Portuguese Championship, ten goals), is a concern. He suffered a head injury and was not even related to facing Tondela. You should undergo further tests. The expectation is that it be released for the classic. They are also in the medical department and should be out of the meeting midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia and Francisco Geeraldes.
Porto also entered the field on Monday, January 7, to fulfill the commitment established by the table of the sixteenth round of the Portuguese Championship. Unlike Sporting, it did not skid. Acting at home, he scored 3-1 at Nacional, increasing his impressive winning streak to 18. It gathers hits in four different contests.That list opened with a 6-0 win over Vila Real in the Portuguese Cup on 19 September and continues to receive additions. It led the team to the Portuguese league’s slim lead, to the Round of 16 of the Portuguese Cup, to the semi-finals of the Portuguese League Cup and to the Round of 16 of the European Champions League.For the classic, the technician Sérgio Conceição has a certain low for problems of injury and two probable. The striker Vincent Aboubakar (six matches in the Portuguese 2018/2019 Championship, four goals) remains vetoed. In the process of recovery from injury and still considered doubts are midfielder Otávio (12 matches, two goals) and striker Bruno Costa (still without performances in the current season).
Football Prediction of the Day Sporting vs Porto
The classic had an overdose of issues last season. There were five in total. In the Portuguese Championship, there was a goalless draw in Lisbon and the home win by 2 to 1 in Porto, in the second round.In the League Cup in Lisbon, there was a goalless draw in the semifinals, which ended with the victory of the Algarve, by 4 to 3, in the decision by penalties. In the Portuguese Cup, the duel was in the round-robin system and who acted at home won by 1-0. Again Sporting got the better of penalties, this time for 5 to 4, also in the semifinals.
Sporting gained a more offensive stance with the arrival of Marcel Keizer. However, it presents serious defensive problems. Porto shows a more balanced and efficient game standard. Thus, the prognosis in the success of visitors seems to be the most appropriate option for the classic this Saturday for the last round of the first round of the Portuguese Championship.
Bet Tips: Porto