Benfica vs Sporting for the Portuguese Super Cup match on Sunday at Algarve Stadium.
Likely, Benfica will eventually win this match, after all, has only lost one pre-season game and have a good chance of winning the reputed International Champions Cup while the lions have not won any friendly matches and they are very dependent on Bruno Fernandes.
Moreover, the fact that Bas Dost had minimal prominence in the pre-season in offensive terms, and the fact that Bruno Fernandes may not even play due to movements in the player market, makes me think that Sporting will not be a very competent team in goal scoring and attacking planning and Benfica could take advantage of that in terms of offensive strength.
Another issue to bear in mind is that Sporting will appear for this game of Portuguese Super Cup somewhat fragile as S.Coates only joined Sporting’s work later in the offseason and Mathieu does not look in good physical condition, thus opening a breach where Seferovic and Raul de Tomas could make a difference in the last third of the field.
Like the last season when Bruno Lage’s Benfica always seemed superior to Sporting, Benfica is also expected to dominate the midfield not only because they technically have more advanced players than Sporting but also because Sporting will miss their guarantee of stability called Battaglia.
In short, it is expected that the more exceptional ability of upright in their offensive game and the difference in the wings, especially when Sporting does not count on the contribution of Jovane, on the part of Benfica eventually “dig” a big gap between the two teams in this meeting.
Benfica comes from a 2-1 win against Fiorentina and 1-0 against Milan. Sporting comes from a 2-2 draw with the reds and a 1-2 defeat by Valencia.