1st Round match in the new season of the Portuguese League in witch Porto last night opened by victory and tonight’s match between Academica and Sporting I believe that it will be a good representation of two teams with different goals entering the new season.
Academica last season finished in the 8th position. This preparatory period, they played 7 games (3 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat with a goal difference of 10:2), and of the most important opponents, this is a victory against Nacional, as well as a draw against Deportivo and Arouca. Before the start of the season, in team has come a 16 new players, and the rest 10 players from last season. Of these new players, there are plenty of them who have not played or have any experience in matches within league. So I mean that they will need some time to fit in and adjust to the new environment.
Match: Academica – Sporting Lisabon 21.00h
League: Portugal League
Our prediction: Away win
Odds: 1.70 @ Unibet
Sporting last season was second, and as such will play this season in the Champions League. During this period he played nine friendlies (5 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses with a goal difference of 18:13), and some major rivals, a win against Benfica, Utrecht and Boavista, draw with Lazio and the defeat of Gijon and Twente. Unlike the Government, they are kept on the team, so that side know what to have.
In this game, will not play Argentinian Marcos Rojo and Islam Slimani. They were suspended by the club for failing to train to have asked to be placed on the transfer list. The club president was so angry at them, not to allow the club to go to the game and sit in the stands, but it was home watching this on TV.
Statistics mutual matches between these two teams is far-side Sporting Lisbon, 42 wins, 16 draws and 12 wins of Academica, and what is interesting, at this stadium Sporting was last defeated 37 years ago, far away 08.05.1977. year. Sporting have a much better team than the host, with experienced and good players, and I hope you will take advantage of the inexperience of local players and will start winning championships.