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The best value tips across Europe's top football matches this weekend

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The best value tips across Europe's top football matches this weekend   Chelsea vs Manchester City - Match Preview   Arguably the biggest game on the continent comes from the Premier League, where Chelsea host Manchester City. Normally, we would’ve backed a Sergio Aguero goal at the very least given his fine record against the Blues, but after his acc...

The Expert: Robust Porto finish Sporting’s title challenge

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The Expert: Robust Porto finish Sporting’s title challenge   A chapter of history is being rewritten, and it’s Spain’s most capped footballer doing it once again. Iker Casillas was supposed to be the signing that saw Porto’s real-life interpretation of Moneyball unravel. In his 30s, in decline, and brought in on the highest wage in t...

The Expert: Benfica show champions’ grit to edge Sporting in derby

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The Expert: Benfica show champions’ grit to edge Sporting in derby   It’s fast becoming a third certainty in life - death, taxes, and Benfica win in the end. For those hoping for the Liga title race to blown wide open, Sunday’s Lisbon derby - or at least its result - was a disappointment, with the champions re-establishing a four-point lead over P...

Neither Benfica nor Sporting in best fettle for Lisbon derby

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Neither Benfica nor Sporting in best fettle for Lisbon derby   “We’re 90% focused on this game.” The pre-match words of Sporting Clube de Portugal coach Jorge Jesus were hard to get out of one’s head after watching the Lisbon club crash out of Europe on Wednesday night. By losing at Legia Warsaw, Sporting sacrificed a potential E...

New-look Sporting Underline Depth Ahead of Mountainous Madrid Task

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New-look Sporting Underline Depth Ahead of Mountainous Madrid Task   In the period since, just over a year ago, Jorge Jesus took the monumental decision to pack his bags and took the short hop along the Segunda Circular from Benfica’s Estádio da Luz to Sporting Clube de Portugal’s José Alvalade, life has been full of surprises - and ...

Liga NOS 2016/17 Preview

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Liga NOS 2016/17 Preview   It is inevitable in any Liga NOS campaign that os três grandes of Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Porto will lead the way. Only twice in the competition’s history has a club outside this trio won the title.     Benfica have become used to defying the odds in rec...

Match Report: Chelsea Send A Message of Intent with Win in Final Group Stage Game

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Match Report: Chelsea Send A Message of Intent with Win in Final Group Stage Game   As Chelsea look ahead to a busy holiday schedule having already wrapped up their position at the summit of Group G, José Mourinho shuffled his lineup last night for the first time in 21 league and Champions League matches. John Terry, Willian and Eden Hazard were all given a mini-brea...

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