Saturday, February 2, 2019, 17h21

Liga NOS: X-Ray of Sporting

Football

Benfica's opponent sits 4th in the competition and got a draw (1-1) against Vitória de Setúbal in the last round of the National Championship (19).

After the win over Boavista by 5-1, comes the Lisbon derby against the eternal rival. Benfica travels to Estádio José Alvalade to face Sporting in matchday 20 of the Liga NOS, at 5:30 pm on Sunday. The lions sit 4th with 39 points, as the result of 12 wins, three draws, and four losses.

In the reverse fixture for the Liga NOS (matchday 3), on August 25, 2018, there was a draw (1-1) between eagles and lions at Estádio da Luz. Back then José Peseiro was still the head coach of Sporting – he was sacked in November and replaced by Marcel Keizer, after a short period with Tiago Fernandes as the caretaker.

Sporting-Benfica

With the arrival of the Dutch Marcel Keizer, Sporting started to play differently. The most used formation by the lions is the 4x2x3x1, normally composed by the following players: Renan, Bruno Gaspar, Coates, Mathieu, Acuña, Gudelj, Wendel, Nani, Bruno Fernandes, Diaby and Bas Dost.

In relation to the Winter transfer market, the lions decided to add players to the squad: Idrissa Doumbia (holding-midfielder), Cristian Borja (left-back), Luiz Phellype (forward), Tiago Illori (centre-back), Gonzalo Plata (left-winger) and Francisco Geraldes (attacking-midfielder who returned from loan) are the new names.

Raio-X Sporting

Top 5 scorers

PLAYER GOALS
Bas Dost 11
Nani 7
Bruno Fernandes 7
Jovane Cabral 2
Montero 2

Bruno Fernandes

Top 5 assist providers

PLAYER ASSIST
Bruno Fernandes 6
Nani 3
Acuña 3
Jovane Cabral 2
Montero 2

Sporting-Benfica

Top 5 shooters

PLAYER SHOTS
Bruno Fernandes 57
Bas Dost 38
Nani 30
Gudelj 20
Raphinha 19

Sporting-Benfica

Top 5 crosses

PLAYER CROSSES
Bruno Fernandes 67
Acuña 66
Nani 44
Bruno Gaspar 38
Jefferson 34

 

Raio-X Sporting

Top 5 passing

PLAYER PASSES
Bruno Fernandes 933
Coates 795
Mathieu 786
Acuña 655
Gudelj 620

 

Text: Diogo Nascimento

Pics: Facebook of Liga Portugal

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