Sporting vs Paços de Ferreira – Liga NOS: Sporting is living their worst
moment of form of the season. They have lost on the last round in Braga and they have put their chances of reaching the title in jeopardy.
Like Jorge Jesus has stated himself, despite still having to face Benfica and being 6 points away from them when there are 6 matches left. After that, they lost in Madrid against Atlético, with the individual mistakes leading to the 2-0 loss and making their task harder for the 2nd leg in Alvalade next Thursday.
A lot has been said about that 1st leg match. The president Bruno de Carvalho went on Facebook making harsh critics to the team and there are rumours on the press that the players refused to practice on Friday, demanding a meeting with the president to talk about those posts.
Paços de Ferreira is on a great moment of form, being unbeaten for 3 rounds, streak that started with the excellent win over FC Porto, in what was the Dragons’ first domestic loss on the season. Then, they drew away from home at Estoril (1-1) and they’ve won again last week, against Chaves (2-0). The visitors have 28 points and are 5 points ahead of the relegation zone.
The environment in Alvalade is rotten and despite their superiority over Paços de Ferreira, both individually and collectively, Paços will be in a much better state of mind going into this match.
The pressure will all be on the side of Sporting, even because they play after Braga and I don’t expect Abel Ferreira’s pupils to drop points in Santa Maria da Feira. Probably in 4th place and having to win to regain their 3rd place, after the losses in Braga and Madrid, I expect Sporting to be unmotivated and feeling the pressure.
Sporting vs Paços de Ferreira – Betting Tip and Prediction:
If the goal doesn’t appear early, the physical fatigue might start to be noticeable as the match progresses and things can get even more complicated, which means a solid and compact team like Paços can very well surprise them and get a good result in Alvalade.
On the worst-case scenario, making Sporting’s life a bit harder.