C.D. Tondela welcome the visitors Sporting СP in the Portuguese Primeira Liga – Round 16. The match will be held on Monday, January 7th, at the Estadio Joao Cardoso (Tondela).
C.D. Tondela’s latest successful streak enabled the players to breakaway from the relegation zone by 4 points. The team are still inconsistent though. Thus, prior to their win over Maritimo, they lost in 4 consecutive matches. In fact, the hosts conceded in 8 of 15 games in this campaign, of which 4 were home defeats. Their clashes with the top-four were also failing – 0 points attained in 4 rounds.
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Sporting CP’s slipup in their outing against Vitoria de Guimaraes broke their 8-round victorious streak. That was, however, their one-time failure. In the next matches, the ‘Lions’ have beaten Feirense in the Taca de Portugal encounter and won Belenenses afterwards. Thus, the last home win was the team’s 11th Primeira victory, only Porto boast more. On the road, the guests dropped points only in meetings with top-seven representatives. Their matches against league outsiders saw their wins with a 9:2 scoreline in aggregate.
Tondela will surely oppose in front of their own fans, same as they did in the last home encounter against Sporting, but they miss a class. In 3 matches against the league toppers, the ‘Gold and Greens’ played defense first, which provided for avoiding a hammering; at this, they scored only one goal in the meetings with the clubs like Braga, Benfica, and Porto – the one being registered as an own goal. The visiting side are the most effective Primeira team, in 5 previous rounds in the league, they shipped yet 14 goals. The ‘Lions’ will storm the hosts’ goal, as they did in the clash with Vitoria, and Tondela will hardly manage to withstand their pressure. As of their progression to the Primeira, the welcoming side have lost their all 3 home matches against Sporting with a 3:8 scoreline in aggregate. We don’t expect them to attain any points tomorrow as well.
Prediction for the match: Sporting CP to win away.