KICK off: 1 february 23:30
Information: Sporting will be without midfielder Joao Palhinha, who has to serve a suspension after picking up his fifth league yellow card in a substitute appearance in the win over Boavista. Meanwhile, Pedro Goncalves could return to the side after serving a suspension in the win over Boavista. The Portuguese attacker has 12 goals and two assists to his name from 13 league games this season, topping the league’s scoring charts.
Benfica were hit badly by an outbreak of COVID-19 which has seen several key players miss games, coinciding with their downturn in form in recent weeks. Nicolas Otamendi was one of the players who was sidelined, but he could be available for this game, as well as Nuno Tavares after the pair have both missed the side’s last three matches. However, midfielder Everton and goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos are expected to remain out of the squad after positive coronavirus tests, while Helton Leite could also miss this game. They were recently boosted by the return of Jan Vertonghen after he was out with the virus, and the Belgian will be crucial at the back in this game amidst several notable absentees for the visitors.
Prediction: Benfica 0 on Asian handicap
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