In-form Sporting Lisbon will be at home to host Tondela in the 12th round of matches in the Primeira Liga. The hosts are joint top with 29 points while ninth placed Tondela have 12 points going into this game. Sporting are looking to rise above Porto, who have a way superior goal difference, and they have a good run and will be very confident for this game. The hosts have 10 straight wins across all competitions going to this game. In their most recent, they thumped Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League, the eighth game in 10 that they’ve scored two or more goals. In league action, Sporting haven’t lost at home in the last 32 matches. In their last four home league matches, they have scored one goal and none of the last five has hit over 2.5 goals.
Tondela have had two easy outings at home ahead of this game; they beat struggling Maritimo 4-2 then in the Portuguese Cup they saw off second tier side Leixoes 3-1. This game will be a real test as they play away against the defending champions. Tondela have no clean sheet in their last five matches and have conceded two or more goals in three of them. Four of their last five matches have produced over 2.5 goals and they’ve failed to score in one of the five. The visitors have a poor away run in the league. In their last eight away matches they have just one win and in the last six, they have five losses. Tondela are also not the best scorers in their away matches; they’ve managed more than a goal in just one of their last seven away matches in the league.
Tondela take to this game a poor run away from home in the league; they have five losses in the last six. Here they face the side with the best defensive record in the league, as well as a fine run at home. Sporting Lisbon have three straight wins over Tondela and in their home record in the league we believe they will dominate this game so back them to win both halves.