The first Lisbon derby of the season pits title-chasing Benfica up against reigning Primeira Liga champions Sporting at the Estadio da Luz tonight at 9.15pm (UK time).
With just a point separating Porto, Sporting and Benfica in first, second and third respectively, this is a proverbial six-pointer like no other in the Portuguese top flight.
Jorge Jesus’ Aguias enter this showdown off the back of a 0-0 with Barcelona and a recent 7-0 win over Belenenses, while the current title-holders make the short journey fresh from a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund and a routine 2-0 dispatching of Tondela.
Benfica v Sporting live stream:
Friday’s game between Benfica and Sporting is on Bet365’s live-stream schedule for readers with an account. Those without a bet365 account who are over 18 and Gamble Aware need only follow three simple steps to watch Benfica vs Sporting online*:
- Visit their sign-up page (here’s a link)
- Set up and fund a new account
- Go to ‘In Play’ section, select the game you want to watch and click the play button symbol
Where to watch Benfica v Sporting on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: GOLTV
18+ only. New members only. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Full T&Cs apply. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org.
18+ only • Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager the bonus amount 40 times within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & Full T&C’s apply • BeGambleAware
Benfica v Sporting build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Of the Tres Grandes rivals in Portugal’s top flight, Benfica remain the only club with a defeat on their 2021/22 portfolio, suffering that shock loss to Portimonense in early October. However, Jesus’ men have only dropped points in one other match, meaning they are firmly clinging to the coattails of Portugal’s early leaders, with just the single separating the top three.
Sporting nearly completed a memorable ‘invincible’ season in 2020/21, but suffered their first and only defeat of the campaign in their penultimate match against Benfica, a 4-3 reversal that went in the favour of Jesus’ side. Ruben Amorim will not concern himself with personal vendettas as his side completed that historic title win, but there will no doubt be an added incentive in this Lisbon derby as Benfica ruined what would have been a recording-breaking campaign.
- Benfica (vs Belenenses): Vlachodimos; Almeida, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Lazaro, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo; Silva, Nunez; Seferovic.
- Sporting (vs Tondela): Adan; Neto, Coates, Inacio; Esgaio, Nunes, Palhinha*, Santos; Goncalves, Paulinho, Sarabia.
Lucas Verissimo is a long-term absentee after rupturing his Achilles last month and could potentially miss the rest of the season. Ruben Vinagre remains sidelined for the visitors, while Joao Palhinha came off injured against Tondela, so his replacement on the day, Manuel Ugarte, may well deputise in his absence.
Benfica vs Sporting: Five key facts
- Sporting have not won at the Estadio da Luz since October 2015, going winless against Benfica in seven matches since that 3-0 triumph six years ago.
- Sporting have won just two of their last 14 matches against Benfica, losing eight times in that run.
- The last time these sides met at the Estadio da Luz in May, Benfica ended Sporting’s 32-game unbeaten run by winning 4-3. Amorim’s men ultimately won the 2020/21 Primeira Liga having suffered just one defeat, against Jesus’ men.
- Rafa enters this contest as the division’s most prolific dribbler, completing 35 take-ons this season, while he is also Benfica’s top Primeira Liga scorer and playmaker, scoring five goals and providing three assists.
- In Europe’s top five leagues and the Primeira Liga, Sporting have conceded the fewest goals of any club with four shipped in, boasting a better record than Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who have been breached five times.
More live stream options: