Benfica and Sporting go head-to-head in the first Derby de Lisboa of the season on Sunday at 8.30pm (UK time).
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Benfica vs Sporting match preview
Defending champions Benfica welcome unbeaten rivals Sporting to the Estádio da Luz this weekend, hoping to leapfrog them in the table and reclaim top spot. Having lost their opening match of the campaign to Boavista, Roger Schmidt’s side have been nearly perfect in their quest to win back-to-back league titles for the first time since 2016, winning eight of their previous nine matches in the Primeira Liga.
The only blot in their copy book since that opening day defeat was a 1-1 home draw against Casa Pia, who equalised in the 81st minute through Gaizka Larrazabal after Joao Mario had given the home side the lead in the first half. However, it’s that aforementioned defeat to Boavista that has been the difference between them and Lisbon rivals Sporting so far this campaign, with Rúben Amorim’s men sitting three points above them as the only unbeaten side in the division.
After finishing fourth and a whopping 13 points behind their rivals last season, Sporting have started the 2023/24 on fire, winning nine and drawing one of their opening 10 matches of the campaign, conceding just nine times. The 2020/21 champions can open a six point gap over Benfica if they were to record just their third away league win against them in the previous 18 seasons, but with both meetings finishing level last campaign, they will be more than happy with a point.