iBet: Benfica may have the upper hand against Sporting

Gareth Purnell

Portuguese Primeria Liga

Sporting v Benfica, kick off 8.15pm

Lay Sporting at 3/1 with Betfair

The Premier League Monday night game looks hard to call and it might pay to head to Portugal for some value. This is a classic match-up which is often very close – the last two meetings have finished 1-0. However there are reasons for believing that despite being away from home, Benfica might just have the upper hand this time around. After ten games Benfica sit in second spot in the Primeira Liga, three points behind leaders Porto and with a game in hand. They will be smarting after going out of the Champions League after drawing 0-0 against a weakened Barcelona side, but they are unbeaten in the league and are also the highest scorers domestically away from home, having notched 13 times, and conceded only three on their travels. Sporting on the other hand are struggling in front of goal. They are scoring at a rate of less than a goal a game, and indeed they have only won two of their ten fixtures. With the draw on our side, it might be worth laying the home side.


England’s cricketers, now 2-1 up after their heroics in Kolkata, are looking for their first series win since 1984 and are now 4/9 to secure it. Both teams are 7/4 to win the final test in Nagpur, which starts Thursday morning. With India needing a result they will ask for a turning pitch, which might make the draw a lay at around 2.6 to one with Betfair. Alastair Cook is 3/1 with Ladbrokes to score a first innings century, 2/1 to be top first innings run scorer, and 5/1 to be named man of the match.

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