One of the most engaging Portuguese top-flight title races for many seasons looks set to go down to the wire. One of the teams currently boasting an unbeaten record travel to Benfica this weekend, and the team that claims victory could go top of the standings.
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It is a fascinating battle for the league title in the Portuguese top-flight this season. FC Porto currently lead the way, but they are level on points with Sporting Lisbon, and just one clear of Benfica coming into the 13th round of fixtures.
Benfica have home advantage for this huge clash on Friday night, but they will be aware that a victory will see them rise to the top of the league standings before Porto play their fixture this weekend. They have won three of their last four, with their first draw of the season also coming into run of fixtures.
Benfica showcased their dominance in their last fixture in the league, as they powered to a 7-0 victory over B-SAD in the league. Haris Seferovic scored twice in that win, while Darwin Nunez netted a hat-trick. Julian Weigl also scored the big win for the visiting side.
Sporting remain above their rivals in the league table despite that big Benfica win, as they have a one-point advantage. They are also level on points with Porto coming into this fixture. Sporting have won ten of the 12 games that they have played this season, which includes five straight wins in their most recent fixtures.
They have conceded a league-low of four goals this term. Sporting picked up a 2-0 win in their last fixture in Portugal, as they overcame Tondela. Pablo Sarabia and Paulinho scored the goals in that game.
Benfica vs Sporting Lisbon Head to Head
In the past 39 meetings between the sides, Benfica have dominated recording 20 victories. Sporting have won just eight times, while there have been eleven draws. Benfica won the last fixture between the sides 4-3 in May, which was their fourth win in five fixtures against their rivals.
Benfica vs Sporting Lisbon Prediction
This is a fixture that could go in either direction. Both Benfica and Sporting are looking like champions this season, and both could see a point in this fixture on Friday as a decent outcome. A score draw would be our pick for this huge fixture in Portugal.
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