benfica Team News:


Ljubomir Fejsa, Jonas, and Tyronne Ebuehi could all miss out on the 1st leg due to injury.

sporting Team News:


Jérémy Mathieu, Fredy Montero, and Rodrigo Andres Battaglia are expected to remain sidelined for the 1st leg on Wednesday through injury.

benfica vs sporting Head to Head:

These two clubs have clashed over one-hundred times before, and with 68 wins, 41 draws, and 35 defeats it's Benfica who have been the more dominating force in this local rivalry.

benfica vs sporting Tip Reason:

Fresh off the back of beating Sporting 4-2 in the Primeira Liga, Benfica have the home advantage against their local rivals in the 1st leg of their Semi-Final in the Taca de Portugal on Wednesday. The visitors have claimed the Taca da Liga title courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory over Porto and now go in search of a cup double. Sporting were trashed in their own backyard by Benfica at the weekend and it’s going to be interesting to see how the visitors respond on Wednesday. Both teams went into Sunday’s game knowing they needed to win to keep the pressure on the Primeira Liga leaders Porto, especially Sporting, who now sit eleven points off the pace of the title race. Seferović opened the scoring for the visitors in the eleventh minute and teammate João Félix doubled Benfica’s lead soon after the half hour mark. A goal from Bruno Fernandes brought Sporting back into the match before the break, but two minutes after the restart for the second half, Rúben Dias restored Benfica’s two goal advantage. A seventy-third minute penalty from Pizzi ended any genuine hopes of a comeback as the visitors moved three goals clear, but Sporting’s top scorer Dost was able to pull a goal back from the penalty spot late on to make the final score 4-2. Benfica moved to within three points of Porto with that result, following the goalless draw between the league leaders and Vitoria Guimaraes, but Sporting have a lot of hard work to do to get back into the title race this season. Five wins and one draw from their last six matches is enough to see Benfica head into Wednesday’s 1st leg as the form favourites, just edging out Sporting, who have won four, drawn one, and lost one during that same period. Benfica don’t have a single player on more than one Taca de Portugal goal this season, while Sporting have Dost on four, as well as both Fernandes and Diaby on three. We’re expecting another action packed ninety minutes when local rivals Benfica and Sporting clash on Wednesday, for Sporting this competition represents their best chance of adding silverware to the Taca da Liga trophy they picked up last month. Both teams have scored in five of the last seven encounters between these two clubs, and Benfica haven’t been beaten by Sporting since 2015. Benfica haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last three matches, while Sporting’s last five matches have all seen both teams score. All of that suggests there are goals in the tie for both teams, but you have to fancy Benfica to take a lead into the 2nd leg following their impressive 4-2 win at Sporting over the weekend and their great record over the years against their local rivals. Seferović caused the Sporting defence problems at the weekend and the Swiss forward top scores for Benfica with eleven league goals this season. Dost scored again at the weekend to take his tally to twelve Primeira Liga goals for the campaign, but seven of those strikes have arrived in the form of penalties. Both teams carry multiple threats from midfield and out on the wings, all of which should make for an attacking, end to end, and enjoyable game of football. We’re confident that Benfica will win and that both teams will score in the process, and have backed a final scoreline of 3-1. Benfica sent a message to their local rivals with that impressive 4-2 on Sunday, and while Sporting may have a better idea of what to expect this time around, their confidence is bound to have been effected by the defeat. Benfica haven’t lost against Sporting since back in 2015 and appear to have found their form after a below par opening to the season.

Benfica vs Sporting Betting Prediction:

Benfica 2 1 Sporting
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