Ferreira v Braga – Primeira Liga
Sporting will be hosting their main rivals Benfica in Alvalade Stadium this Saturday and the team appeared to be performing significantly better in the last fixtures of the Portuguese league. Last weekend, they defeated Vitória de Setúbal 0-3 and their main threat, Bas Dost, scored his 28th goal of the season. The Dutch international player seems to be going through the best period of the season and Benfica should have a decent plan to stop him inside the box. During this week, the Portuguese manager Jorge Jesus argued that Bas Dost and Alan Ruiz make up the best attacking duo in the Portuguese league. For this match against their rivals, Sporting will have a completely healthy squad and Zeegelaar will be their only unavailable player due to suspension. Jefferson will be starting again on the left side of the pitch and he will give similar quality to the team. Sporting will be more motivated after their positive sequence of results and they will certainly try to defeat Benfica in their stadium.
Benfica will be visiting their rivals Sporting in the derby of Lisbon after having defeated Marítimo 3-0 in the last match and Benfica’s supporters have reasons to be worried until the last minutes of the match. Benfica’s main star Jonas was noticed to remain doubtful due to match fitness issues and he is currently Rui Vitória’s main concern for this match. Jardel and Jimenez are both injured and will miss this match, but they have not been regular starters until this moment in the Portuguese league. The Mexican could actually replace Jonas if the Brazilian does not recover, but he should not be an alternative for the manager. Consequently, Rafa Silva could move into the offensive midfield, whereas Zivkovic would probably start on the left wing. Cerví could also start on the left flank and he would give them lots of speed down that side, but Rui Vitória should also be concerned with the defensive positioning of the team. Benfica will have high pressure to win, but a draw could also be a positive result for them since they would still remain in first position of the table.
Prediction: Over 2.00 goals
Odds: 1.81 SBOBET