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Sporting CP vs. Benfica 5/15/2021 Primeira Liga Soccer Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Sporting CP takes on Benfica on 5/15/2021.

Sporting CP challenges Benfica in a regular season match. Sporting CP with a record of 25.0-7.0-0.0 this season comes into this game with a 13.0-3.0-0.0 record on the road. Benfica is 21.0-7.0-4.0 this season and is 11.0-3.0-2.0 at home.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five matches for Sporting CP and it is an opportunity to get rolling. An opportunity presents itself in this road match. In their last match, Benfica won and now turns their attention to Sporting CP at home in friendly territory.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five games for Benfica and it is an opportunity to get rolling. Benfica came away with a well-earned victory in their previous match and now set their sights on Sporting CP at their home pitch.

The Sporting CP Roster

The Players to Watch for the Sporting CP

Sebastián Coates DF

Sebastián Coates has 43.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Sebastián Coates has 16.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Sebastián Coates had 31 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Sporting CP teammates, Sebastián Coates had 5 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Sebastián Coates has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Sebastián Coates has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 25 fouls this season. He has drawn 22 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Pedro Gonçalves MF,FW

Pedro Gonçalves has 68.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Pedro Gonçalves had 33.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Pedro Gonçalves had 28 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Sporting CP teammates, Pedro Gonçalves had 18 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Pedro Gonçalves has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Pedro Gonçalves has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 27 fouls this season. He has drawn 37 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Pedro Porro MF

Pedro Porro has 45.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Pedro Porro has 14.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Pedro Porro had 27 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Pedro Porro has 3 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Pedro Porro has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Pedro Porro has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 43 fouls this season. He has drawn 54 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Zouhair Feddal DF

Zouhair Feddal has 28.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Zouhair Feddal had 4.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Zouhair Feddal had 26 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Sporting CP teammates, Zouhair Feddal had 2 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Zouhair Feddal has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Zouhair Feddal has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 40 fouls this season. He has drawn 12 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Nuno Mendes MF

As a shooter, Nuno Mendes had 17.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Nuno Mendes had 3.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Nuno Mendes had 25 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Sporting CP teammates, Nuno Mendes had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Nuno Mendes has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Nuno Mendes has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 26 fouls this season. He has drawn 58 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

João Palhinha MF

As a shooter, João Palhinha had 38.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but João Palhinha had 7.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

João Palhinha has 26 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. João Palhinha has 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

João Palhinha has 0 Yellow Cards this season. João Palhinha has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 75 fouls this season. He has drawn 71 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

João Mário MF

As a shooter, João Mário had 23.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. João Mário has 7.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, João Mário had 21 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Sporting CP teammates, João Mário had 2 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

João Mário has 2 Yellow Cards this season. João Mário has 3 Red Cards this season. He has committed 32 fouls this season. He has drawn 39 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Nuno Santos MF

Nuno Santos has 34.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Nuno Santos had 13.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Nuno Santos has 20 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Nuno Santos has 6 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Nuno Santos has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Nuno Santos has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 14 fouls this season. He has drawn 28 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

The Benfica Roster

The Players to Watch for the Benfica

Rafa Silva MF,FW

As a shooter, Rafa Silva had 34.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Rafa Silva has 16.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Rafa Silva has 24 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Rafa Silva has 5 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Rafa Silva has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Rafa Silva has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 35 fouls this season. He has drawn 69 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Álex Grimaldo DF,MF

Álex Grimaldo has 14.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Álex Grimaldo has 6.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Álex Grimaldo has 26 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Benfica teammates, Álex Grimaldo had 2 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Álex Grimaldo has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Álex Grimaldo has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 16 fouls this season. He has drawn 18 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Nicolás Otamendi DF

Nicolás Otamendi has 18.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Nicolás Otamendi has 3.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Nicolás Otamendi has 25 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Benfica teammates, Nicolás Otamendi had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Nicolás Otamendi has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Nicolás Otamendi has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 41 fouls this season. He has drawn 22 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Jan Vertonghen DF

As a shooter, Jan Vertonghen had 20.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Jan Vertonghen has 8.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Jan Vertonghen had 25 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Jan Vertonghen has 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Jan Vertonghen has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Jan Vertonghen has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 19 fouls this season. He has drawn 12 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Everton Soares MF

Everton Soares has 44.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Everton Soares has 20.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Everton Soares has 20 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Everton Soares has 6 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Everton Soares has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Everton Soares has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 27 fouls this season. He has drawn 25 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Haris Seferović FW

Haris Seferović has 84.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Haris Seferović had 31.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Haris Seferović has 23 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Benfica teammates, Haris Seferović had 18 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Haris Seferović has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Haris Seferović has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 32 fouls this season. He has drawn 19 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Julian Weigl MF

Julian Weigl has 7.0 shots fired this season. He is not considered a threat to score, but he takes a share of shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Julian Weigl had 1.0 shots on target this season. He does not have enough shots on goal to really be respected.

As a scorer, Julian Weigl had 21 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Julian Weigl has 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Julian Weigl has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Julian Weigl has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 37 fouls this season. He has drawn 32 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Darwin Núñez FW

As a shooter, Darwin Núñez had 55.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Darwin Núñez had 22.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Darwin Núñez has 19 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Benfica teammates, Darwin Núñez had 6 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Darwin Núñez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Darwin Núñez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 31 fouls this season. He has drawn 23 fouls this season in Primeira Liga action.

Sporting CP Team Stats

The Sporting CP Offensive Stats and Metrics

Sporting CP scored 1.56 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This is an extremely potent offense that is tough to shut down. Sporting CP scored those goals off assists 64.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 1.00 assists. This offense finds ways to score by sharing the ball and that is quite nice to watch.

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Sporting CP was able to score on 0.32 of their shots on target. This offense creates high quality shots.

Since we are discussing shots on goal, Sporting CP attempts 4.84 shots on target per 90 minutes of regulation. This offense is a persistent threat to score with shots on goal. If you think we have not discussed their ability to get shots on goal enough, you are wrong. Sporting CP attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 34.4% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. Inconsistency in ensuring that their shot attempts become a true scoring threat has creeped in this season.

Sporting CP Defensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Sporting CP was able to hold opponents to 0.47 goals. This defense and goalkeeper have done a masterful job in preventing opponents from scoring goals. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 2.09 shots were saved by Sporting CP goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. Shot prevention is the best first step to goal prevention. Sporting CP truly gets it when it comes to this concept.

When it comes to the saves percentage, 76.1% of shots on target were saved by Sporting CP goalkeepers. The defense and goalkeeper effort as a collective does an excellent job together forcing weaker shots on target and preventing shots from becoming goals. Sporting CP goalkeepers were able to get a clean sheet 62.5% of the time. Their ability to shut opponents out is extremely strong.







Sporting CP Utility Stats

Sporting CP tried 20.84 crosses per 90 minutes of action. Sporting CP is in the top 14 percentile in crosses per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Sporting CP had 14.12 interceptions. Sporting CP is in the top 8 percentile in intercepted passes per 90 minutes. Sporting CP has committed 15.03 fouls per 90 minutes of action. Sporting CP is in the top 83 percentile in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Sporting CP drew 17.97 fouls. This puts Sporting CP in the top 0 percentile in the league in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Sporting CP committed an offside 1.34 times. This puts Sporting CP in the top 16 percentile in the league in offside turnovers.

Benfica Team Stats

The Benfica Offensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Benfica was able to score 1.78 goals. This is an extremely potent offense that is tough to shut down. Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Benfica was able to score 1.56 goals off assists. This offense finds ways to score by sharing the ball and that is quite nice to watch.

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Benfica was able to score on 0.36 of their shots on target. This offense creates high quality shots.

Since we are discussing shots on goal, Benfica attempts 4.97 shots on target per 90 minutes of regulation. This offense is a persistent threat to score with shots on goal. If you think we have not discussed their ability to get shots on goal enough, you are wrong. Benfica attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 36.1% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. They are among the best at ensuring that their shots reach the goalkeeper and striking fear in the hearts of opposing fans.

Benfica Defensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Benfica was able to hold opponents to 0.62 goals. This defense and goalkeeper have done a masterful job in preventing opponents from scoring goals. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 3.16 shots were saved by Benfica goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. Shot prevention is the best first step to goal prevention. Benfica truly gets it when it comes to this concept.

When it comes to the saves percentage, 79.2% of shots on target were saved by Benfica goalkeepers. The defense and goalkeeper effort as a collective does an excellent job together forcing weaker shots on target and preventing shots from becoming goals. Benfica goalkeepers were able to get a clean sheet 46.9% of the time. Their ability to shut opponents out is extremely strong.

Benfica Utility Stats

Per 90 minutes of action, Benfica had 19.78 crosses of the ball on the pitch. This puts Benfica in the top 18 percentile in the league in crosses per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Benfica had 11.56 interceptions. This puts Benfica in the top 53 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Benfica has committed 15.12 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Benfica in the top 84 percentile in the league in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Benfica drew 13.19 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Benfica in the top 32 percentile in the league in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Benfica committed an offside 2.28 times. Benfica is in the top 87 percentile in offside calls against them.

Sporting CP vs. Benfica Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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