Just over 72 hours after their paths crossed in the Portuguese Championship, Benfica and Sporting return to duel this Wednesday, February 6. This time, the match opens the semifinals of the 2018/2019 Portuguese Cup. The location will also be different. The setting for the classic is the Luz stadium in Lisbon.The first game, for the Portuguese Championship, played in José Avalade, Sporting field, who even picked up from 4 to 2. In the Portuguese Cup, the definition is made in two games. The showdown was scheduled for April 3. The other semifinal involves Porto and Braga, who will make the first game (in Porto) on February 26 and the second (in Braga) also on April 3.
The success in the Lisbon derby was a milestone for the benfiquistas. It was the first victory in a classic since Bruno Lage took command of the team occupying the vacancy of the fired Rui Vitória. Also it meant the break of the invincibility that the rival maintained in the Jose Avalade in the Portuguese Championship.As dessert, Benfica still counted on the stumbling of Porto at the close of the twentieth round. The leader of the tournament did not go beyond the scoreless draw with Vitória de Guimarães, at the rival’s home. Thus, reaching the level of 47 points (15 wins, two draws and three defeats), the Lisbon team shortened the gap between them by three points.The Era Bruno Lage established the beginning of a more offensive stance that led Benfica to assume the condition of more positive attack of the First League. There were 47 goals scored in 20 matches. Nine of them only in the last two games.As principal, the team is the third best in the tournament. Of the 27 points played, he won 22 (seven wins, one draw and one loss) with 27 goals scored and 11 conceded. But the trajectory is of ascension. Won the last four games.In the Portuguese Cup, the campaign began under the command of Rui Vitória. Arouca (2 to 1), Montalegre (1 to 0) and Vitória de Guimarães (1 to 0), the latter already with Bruno Lage giving directions in the reserve bench Ljubomir Fjesa midfielder and striker Douglas are considered doubters for the new edition of the Lisbon classic.
The rout suffered in the Sunday classic did not just cause the psychological shock. It also ended up with any real hope that Sporting will still fight for the Portuguese Championship title. Staying in the 39 points (12 wins, three draws and five losses), the team, who occupy the fourth position, are seven points behind Braga, third place.Thus, the remainder of the Premier League will be just to maintain fourth place, which grants vacancy in the 2019/2020 season of the Europa League. His main pursuer is Moreirense, fifth placed, who has five points less.This should cause Dutch coach Marcel Keizer to focus his efforts on the canopies. He has already added a trophy in the gallery of the alvverde. Billed the Portuguese League Cup. You have two more chances to increase the collection. In addition to the Portuguese Cup, the team is still in contention for the 2018/2019 version of the Europa League. He will make his debut in the second round against Villarreal, threatened with relegation in the Spanish Championship on 14 February.In the Portuguese Cup, Sporting left by the way Loures (2 to 1), Lusitano (4 to 1), Rio Ave (5 to 2) and Feirense (2 to 0). For the classic this Wednesday, the medical casualties are the defender Jeremy Mathieu; the midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia; and striker Fredy Montero.
Football Prediction of the Day Benfica vs Sporting
Benfica’s win in Sunday’s final ended a four-game draw in the derby. Sporting, however, has not beaten the rival there eight games (five equalities and three losses). His most recent success was in 2015. It was at the Luz stadium. He scored 3-0 in the Portuguese Championship.
Sunday’s result should dictate the team’s stance for this Wednesday’s classic. Sporting will most likely adopt a more conservative tactic. It can not be slaughtered twice in a row. Benfica, at home, may even play more loosely, but with the away goal being used as a tiebreaker, it should impose limits on their momentum. In this way, the prognosis in the equality ends up being good option for the derby.
Bet Tips: Benfica wins