At the end of a mammoth stint in the captain's chair, Kev hopes to sign off in style with a winner in Portugal.
"Sporting have won their last seven home games in the league, and haven't conceded a single goal in the process."
Sporting v Rio Ave
Sunday March 18, 20:15
Sporting to keep up stunning sequence
Club Destroyers didn't exactly live up to their name last night, as they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Jorge Wilstermann in Bolivia. All they destroyed was our bet, and after a good start this week is slipping away from us.
We have one last chance before Tobias takes back the reins after an extended break. We'll use up that chance in Portugal, as Sporting look to keep their title hopes alive at home to Rio Ave in Lisbon.
Sporting have won their last seven home matches, and haven't conceded a single goal in the process. They'll need another win to keep up the pressure on leaders Porto and second-placed Benfica. A win would take SCP within five points of top spot and three point of Benfica.
Rio Ave are fifth but are a long way behind the top four. They have only won one of their last four games, and it's worth noting that in their trips to the other big hitters, they have lost 5-0 at Porto and 5-1 at Benfica. They have drawn a blank in three of their last four outings, and away from home they have lost five of their last six.
Sporting welcome back the prolific Bas Dost in attack, and eespite a draining Europa League tie at Plzen in midweek, they should still come through this test comfortably.
Points Staked: 47
Points Returned: 47.56
P/L: +0.56 points
Back Sporting -1.5 on the Asian Handicap at 1.9110/11