Sporting has had an uneven start to the season after a credible second-place finish in last year’s Superliga, which earned them automatic qualification to this year’s Champions League Group stages.
The issue was their poor start, which saw them draw 3-3 at Braga (not a horrible result in and of itself) then lose 3-0 at rivals Porto. Worse was a 2-0 home loss to Chaves, which was quite unexplainable.
With Benfica on eighteen points from six games, Porto on fifteen, and Sporting on just ten, they may believe that a title challenge has already passed them by. This is how the Portuguese Superliga works.
However, for a squad that is so reliant on Champions League prize money to balance the books, a 3-0 win away against Eintracht Frankfurt was a major result. Let’s see how significant those three points turn out to be.
They followed that up with a 4-0 victory over Portimonense at the weekend. They have already scored eight goals and conceded none in their past two league games and that game in Frankfurt, so they enter into this match in terrific form.
Manager Ruben Amorim was reportedly interviewed for the Chelsea job prior to Graham Potter’s appointment, demonstrating how well respected he is these days.
Spurs looking good
Spurs on the other hand, had a solid start to the season in the league, with four victories and two draws, one of which was the memorable ill-tempered 2-2 draw against Chelsea, which many believe led to Thomas Tuchel’s departure from Stamford Bridge.
With Antonio Conte fully settled and some of the players he desired in the transfer market, Spurs might have a successful season on all fronts.
Richarlison is the most eye-catching signing for a variety of reasons, but Yves Bissouma will undoubtedly do a solid job for them in the middle of midfield during a demanding season.
Rodrigo Bentancur’s toughness and placement are a superb counterbalance for Pierre Hojbjerg’s all-action abilities.
Ivan Perisic will need to be used sparingly at 33 but you can see why the width he provides was something Conte was desperate to secure.
The following are the football betting odds for the game.
Sporting 13/5 | Draw 5/2 | Tottenham 1/1
This is a really difficult game to predict when it comes to sports betting. Opta reminds us that this is the first official encounter between these two, therefore head-to-head records will be useless.
Sporting come here in terrific form, as we all know, and Amorim is a very tactically skilled manager, so Conte won’t necessarily have the upper hand.
The hosts would have to go above and above to win at, but if you’re desperate to play this market, the draw is definitely the most enticing option of the three.
Whether you betting on the ground or choosing the online betting route, points shared is your best bet to win some quick cash!