Sporting CP hosts Rio Ave in round 14 of Portuguese Primeira Liga. The match will be played on Friday, January 15th at Estádio José Alvalade (Lisbon)
Sporting CP will try to rehabilitate itself in front of the fans. The Lions have failed in the Portuguese Cup. On January 11, they visited Maritimo and really could not show anything. As a result, the Lions of Madeira became so emboldened that Rodrigo Pinho opened the scoring in the middle of the second half, and soon Andrade doubled it. All attempts of the grandee to answer somehow were unconvincing. That misfire of the Greens-and-Whites was all the more surprising because there was only one draw in 13 previous meetings. Moreover, Sporting CP managed to win six times in a row after that. However, Ruben Amorim and his charges probably intend to throw all their forces just on Primeira. Yes, Sporting has a 4-point margin over Benfica and Porto, but the entire struggle is ahead.
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In recent years, Rio Ave has shown decent results quite often. In the last draw, the club also closed the top five. It even got the opportunity to play in the Europa League, where it had a short but glorious performance. The Portuguese eliminated Borac and even Besiktas, but then they lost to Milan on penalties. But it seems that such a rich (and yet unsuccessful) start of the season had an effect. The results worsened more and more, and only on January 8th, Rio Ave broke a streak of three defeats in a row with a victory over Portimonense. Still, even that landslide victory did not allow the team to get out of the crisis. After that, Rio Ave also left the cup, as did Sporting. It lost to Estoril at home (1-2). This team is playing in the 2nd division of Portugal this season, but it is in the lead there right now.
In 2019, Rio Ave was able to beat Sporting twice in a row, both in the championship and in the cup (both times in Lisbon). Only in February last year, the Lions pulled out a 1-1 away draw, scoring in the minority. It's time for Sporting to take revenge on this opponent. Now the Lions have gained great momentum, and you can ignore the defeat in the cup. We recommend betting on the hosts to win with a -1 handicap.
Prediction for the match: Sporting to win with -1.0 handicap