One win across their past five Primeira Liga games, which includes two defeats, leaves Marítimo sitting in eighth place though worryingly is the fact they’re only eight points above the relegation zone with 11 matches remaining this season. Last time out Vasco Seabra’s men suffered a 0-1 loss to Famalicão which stretched their winless run at home to three matches.
As for Sporting they find themselves still only six points behind leaders Porto after returning to successful ways last weekend. Following a humbling loss to Manchester City in the Champions League the Portuguese champions took out their frustrations on Estoril which proved to be a third league win in four games. On the road, the Lions are unbeaten in three, but last time out they snatched a point from the jaws of victory at Porto, a game that saw Ruben Amorim’s side receive three red cards.
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Maritimo vs Sporting: Match Stats
Heading into this latest round of Primeira Liga fixtures Marítimo welcome the Portuguese champions on the back of winning once across their previous five league games. On top of that, in their last five showdowns with Sporting the hosts were victorious on the one occasion. What has not helped is the fact they’ve been reduced to 10 men in their last two league outings. Not what you’d call entertainers, there’s been fewer than three goals scored in each of Marítimo’s last four home games.
Even though Porto and Benfica are outscoring them at least one first half goal has been scored in Sporting’s last 11 league games. Furthermore, at least one first half goal has been scored in each of Sporting’s last seven away matches. Ruben Amorim’s men are becoming specialists when it comes to breaking the deadlock as Sporting have scored the first goal in 100% of their Primeira Liga games this season. From that Sporting have gone on to win 78% of those games.