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Benfica vs Sporting CP betting tips: Primeira Liga preview, predictions and odds

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It’s time for the 315th Dérbi de Lisboa, 116 year on from the first meeting of these two historic rivals.

Benfica have had the edge in recent years, winning seven of the last 11 derbies, and come into this clash as favourites too.

That’s because Roger Schmidt’s team are sitting pretty at the top of the Primeira Liga table, six points clear of second-placed Braga.

The Eagles suffered their first defeat of the season, in any competition, in their final game of 2022, hammered 3-0 at Estádio Municipal de Braga.

Nevertheless, they got back on track last Friday night, with João Mário ’s penalty downing Portimonense.

Then, on Tuesday night, goals from Álex Grimaldo and in demand Enzo Fernández saw Benfica beat Varzim in the Taça de Portugal last 16.

Sporting Clube de Portugal meantime, despite being champions more-recently than their hosts, are currently 12 points adrift the leaders, desperately needing to cut that gap.

Rúben Amorim’s men were on the wrong end of a massive shock last Sunday, beaten 1-0 by second-bottom Marítimo in Madeira.

This means Sporting have already lost five league matches this season, more than in the previous two seasons combined.

The Leões won 3-1 at Estádio da Luz last season, but have not won back-to-back away league derbies for two decades.

So, will it be Benfica who enjoy Lisbon derby day success?


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