Making predictions on the Portuguese Liga NOS (Primeira Liga) can often pay off. Also called the Primeira Liga, the first division of Portuguese football brings together 18 of the best clubs in the country to compete for the title. At the end of a Championship made up of round-trip matches, the team that finishes at the top of the Liga NOS table are crowned champions of Portugal and secures a place in the Champions League. The second place team gets a chance to enter the Champions League at the preliminary round, while the two clubs that finish in 3rd and 4th qualify for the Europa League. On the other end of the table the two teams that finish at the bottom are relegated to the second division of Portuguese football, the Ledman Liga Pro. Lots to look forward to then, which makes the Liga NOS particularly interesting for your predictions.
There are, of course, three legendary clubs that spice up the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Whether it is FC Porto, Benfica Lisbon or Sporting Portugal, each of these three heavyweights are a dream for any football fan to watch. In terms of the record Benfica are the most titled club in the history of the competition, having been crowned champions 37 times. Behind them, FC Porto have secured 28 titles in their history, while Sporting CP have won Liga NOS 18 times since its inception. You can expect an intense battle amongst these three sides in the upcoming season, with players like Pizzi, Dost and Marega expected to be involved in the title race until the very end of the year.
To bet on Liga NOS there are a number of statistics and figures that you should take into account before creating your predictions. This football championship often sees intense competition at all levels of the standings, which is perhaps why it’s matches often end with narrow scorelines. In 2018/19 for example, the 1-0 (12.4% of all matches) and 1-1 score lines were the most common results recorded in Liga NOS. Our first piece of advice then, is not to hesitate in trying out bets on exact scores for the 2019/20 Liga NOS season, or a handicap bet on the match of your choice.
You should then know that the teams of Liga NOS are adopting more offensive tactics year after year. Unlike in previous seasons, when the only spectacles came from matches between the three heavyweights, the last edition of the Primeira Liga was much more offensive. With an average of 2.69 goals scored per game , the Portuguese clubs achieved a higher rate of scoring than both their French and Spanish neighbours. With almost half of all games seeing three or more goals, a bet on the ‘over 2.5’ goals market might be fruitful for your Liga NOS predictions - not to be underestimated.
Finally, you should know that the home advantage is a crucial asset in Portuguese football. As was the case in previous years, the most common result recorded was a home win - almost 47% of all matches in the 2018/19 season. This is a huge ratio - one of the highest amongst the major European football championships - and provides a significant contrast between the rate of draws (20%) and away wins (33%). This season more than ever, try the success of the hosts if you want a reliable Liga NOS prediction - the advice of the experts.
More than ever before, this 2019/20 edition of Liga NOS promises to be tight. Last years winners Benfica will be without Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) in their attempts to retain their title, while their competition have gained some significant reinforcements over the summer. As always FC Porto and Sporting should be involved in the title race, which will offer some great opportunities to fans of sports betting. Benfica will perhaps have a slight advantage over their competitors making them the team to follow for the upcoming season, but their title defense will not be an easy task - which will be reflected in the odds offered by bookmakers.
Winner: Benfica continue to dominate the Primeira Liga, having won their 37th title in 2019. They have won five of the last sixth editions of the Portuguese premier football division, having only been beaten by Porto last season.
European Football: Porto will join Benfica in next season's edition of the Champions League. Sporting CP finished in third-place and qualified for the 2019/20 Europa League. Fourth-place Braga will enter the third qualifying round of the EL, while fifth-place Vitória de Guimarães will enter the second qualifying round.
Relegated: The three teams that finished at the bottom of the Primera Liga were relegated at the end of the 2018/19 season. Chaves, Nacional and Feirense will all join LigaPro next season.
Promoted: Two new teams will join the Primeira Liga next season, having been promoted from the second division of Portuguese football. Paços de Ferreira and Famalicão finished in the top two spots of LigaPro, and as such received automatic promotion.