Sporting CP is going head to head with Paços de Ferreira starting on 29 Dec 2022 at 21:15 UTC at José Alvalade stadium, Lisbon city, Portugal. The match is a part of the Primeira Liga. Currently, Sporting CP rank 4th, while Paços de Ferreira hold 18th position. The hosts have recorded wins in their last two league outings, including a 2-1 away win over Famalicao last time around.
Francisco Trincão and Pedro Gonçalves scored twice in quick succession just before the halftime whistle to give them a decisive lead. Pacos Ferreira are the only team without a win to their name in the Primeira Liga this season and have lost their last five games, failing to score in three games in that period. In their previous outing, they fell to a 2-0 home loss against Vizela.
Sporting were in incredible form in the Taca da Liga and in the quarter-finals defeated Braga 5-0 last Tuesday. Pacos Ferreira, on the other hand, were eliminated from the group stage, failing to secure a win in their three games.
Leões have a solid record against the visitors and have not conceded a goal in their last five meetings. They have also kept six clean sheets in their last eight games across all competitions. They will have home advantage in the game and are expected to produce a dominant display.
Pacenses have struggled to get going this season and have lost five games in a row. They are not expected to cause any problems for the hosts, as they have scored just seven goals in 13 league games. We expect Sporting to secure a comfortable win and the odds of a clean sheet also look good.
Prediction: Sporting 2-0 Pacos Ferreira
This match will start from 2:45 a.m
This match will take place on 30 December, 2022
Off the back of a superb team display against Braga, Amorim could name an unchanged XI on Thursday, meaning that we could see a front three of Edwards, Trincao and Paulinho. Goncalves has been on song from deep in recent weeks and we expect the 24-year-old to team up with Manuel Ugarte behind the front three, while Pedro Porro and Nuno Santos occupy the wing-back roles.
On the injury front, Sporting Lisbon will take to the pitch without Portuguese midfielder Daniel Braganca, who suffered a cruciate ligament rupture back in May. He is joined on the Leoes’ injury table by fellow countryman Luis Neto, who has been out of action since September, while Jeremiah St. Juste is set to sit out his fifth straight game through a knee injury.
Pacos de Ferreira, on the other hand, will be without long-term absentee Joao Vigario, who is yet to feature this year after sustaining an ACL injury in August 2021. Erick Ferigra is back from suspension and will push for a return to the XI after the 23-year-old defender missed the trip to Braga last time out following his red card against Trofense on December 3.
Adan; Inacio, Marsa, Reis; Santos, Goncalves, Ugarte, Porro; Trincao, Edwards, Paulinho
Almeida; Silva, Ferigra, Lima, Antunes; Ibrahim, Toma; Koffi, Gaitan, Djalo; Butzke
Tip 1: Result – Sporting
Tip 2: Goals – Over/Under 2.5 Goals – Under 2.5
Tip 3: Sporting to score first – Yes
Tip 4: At least one goal to be scored in the second half
Tip 5: Pedro Gonçalves to score anytime – Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Sporting Lisbon win with a probability of 84.11%. A draw has a probability of 11.1% and a win for Pacos de Ferreira has a probability of 4.75%.
The most likely scoreline for a Sporting Lisbon win is 2-0 with a probability of 13.61%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 3-0 (12.85%) and 1-0 (9.61%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (5.29%), while for a Pacos de Ferreira win it is 0-1 (1.87%).
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