The Portuguese Primeira Liga is one of the most interesting leagues in Europe. While it may not be ranked as one of the top five leagues in recent years, it has produced some of the most outstanding football players in the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Deco.
Porto and Benfica are household clubs on the continent due to their quality of competition in European championships. In 2004, the Dragoes (Dragons) were winners of the UEFA Champions League under Jose Mourinho. This season, they are currently in the quarterfinals having overcome Juventus in the round of 16.
Sporting CP is close to upsetting the apple cart in the Portuguese league this season. Ruben Amorim’s men sit comfortably at the top of the table, 10 points ahead of Porto. They have also won the 2021 Taca De Liga (Portuguese League Cup)title as well.
With just 10 matches to the end of the league season, it is the Leoes’ (Lions) title to lose.
24 matches have been played in the Primeira Liga this season. Hence, some betting patterns have emerged to help punters gain ample returns from their stakes.
Sporting CP To Keep Clean Sheet
Sporting CP is closing in on its first League title since 2002. The Lisbon club had a tumultuous 2018 which saw a group of supporters attack the players and coaching staff. This led to the removal of then-president, Bruno de Carvalho.
However, the league leaders are unbeaten in the league after 24 matches with 20 wins. Ruben Amorim has been able to impressively create a balanced squad made up of youth and experience.
The Green and Whites under the 36-year-old manager play with three central defenders. This allows for defensive solidity as well as the opportunity to control possession.
So far, Sporting has the best defensive record in the league with just 11 goals conceded. They have kept 15 clean sheets in 24 matches played in the Primeira Liga.
Betting on Sporting to keep a clean sheet is a very smart option for punters interested in the Portuguese league.
Over 2.5 Goals In Games Involving Maritimo
Maritimo is the bottom-placed team in the league with 21 points. Indeed, they have the same number of points as Boavista and Nacional. So much could still change with regards to the teams in the relegation zone.
Os Verde-Rubros (The Green and Reds) have a very leaky defence and that has cost them valuable points all season. Milton Mendes resigned earlier this month but the club is yet to experience a change in fortunes.
Julio Velasquez’s men have lost 15 matches this season which is the most in the division.
15 of 24 matches involving Maritimo have ended with over 2.5 goals scored.
This option is one that promises great rewards for punters with eyes in the Primeira Liga.
Goal/Goal (G/G) In Matches Involving Porto
The Portuguese giants have not been at their domineering best in the Portuguese league this season.
Sergio Conceicao’s men are unlikely to successfully defend their title with Sporting CP in the driving seat.
The Dragons are the highest scorers in the league with 51 goals. However, they have conceded the most goals amongst the top three teams. This is due to the team’s defensive indiscipline. Porto has been reduced to 10 men in four of 24 league games.
The former Champions League winners have recorded a tally of 13 goal/goal matches in this campaign.
It is therefore a wise option for punters to bet on the goal/goal option in games involving Porto.
Over 1.5 Goals In Games Involving Benfica
This option is a must-have for punters who bet in Premeira Liga as it promises very sustainable returns.
As Aguias (The Eagles) under Jorge Jesus play characteristically with a 3-4-2-1 formation which allows for defensive solidity as well as fluidity in attack. The wing-backs are afforded as much freedom to join the attack during possession.
In offence, Haris Seferovic’s tall frame is mostly utilised to hold up the play and bring teammates into the game. Rafa Silva is also a dynamic midfielder with plenty of tricks and pace to beat opposing defenders.
21 out of 24 matches involving Jesus’ men this season have ended with at least two goals scored.
Over 6.5 Corners In Games Involving Farense
Newly promoted Farense is in 15th place on the log. However, they are just one point above the relegation zone.
Leoes de Faro (Lions of Faro) as they like to be known tend to win corner kicks owing to their direct style of play. Jorge Costa’s men essentially send in crosses into the box aimed at the 6’1 tall Pedro Henrique.
Scotland international, Ryan Gauld is the team’s most important player with 7 goals and 4 assists. The directness in his play forces opposing defenders to concede corners.
The Faro-based club has won an average of 5.7 corners in the league this season. Hence, an over 6.5 corners bet in games involving Farense looks sure to deliver great returns.