Sporting’s handball hosts, next Saturday, May 7, at 18:00, Porto. The duel between lions and dragons is being dubbed by many as ‘the game of the year’ and the truth is that all the ingredients for a huge show are gathered.

Porto leads the Campeonato Placard Handebol 1, with 73 points in 25 games (24 wins and one loss). Sporting is second, with 72 points in 25 matches (23 wins, one draw and one defeat).

So far, the lions have conceded points only in games with direct rivals. In the first round, after having triumphed in Benfica’s stronghold (30-27), Ricardo Costa’s team lost by one goal (31-30) in the visit to the Dragons’ ground. More recently, in the reception to the eternal rival, Sporting drew 32 goals, holding the important advantage in the direct confrontation with the reds.

In turn, Porto lost in the trip to Lisbon, to face Benfica, having been defeated by the eagles, by 36-33. The dragons won the remaining games.

Benfica – which has 67 points in 24 matches (21 wins, one draw and two defeats) – lost, as previously mentioned, against Sporting, but also against Vitória de Setúbal, which complicates (and a lot) the accounts. for the eagles.

For Sporting to be National Champion – the title has been elusive since the 2017/18 season –, the conclusion is relatively simple: only victory will do.

So let’s break it down:

  • Scenario 1: Sporting beats Porto by two or more goals
    • In this case, the lions would add 75 points, against the 74 for the blues and whites (a defeat is worth one point). In addition to the point advantage, the greens and whites would get the better of the direct confrontation, which would allow a draw in the four days that will be played after the classic.
    • Imagining that, after the classic, Sporting would win three and draw a match, they would add 86 points. Even if Porto won all their engagements, the Dragons would be at the same 86 points, but at a disadvantage in head-to-head.
  • Scenario 2: Sporting beat Porto 31-30
    • In this situation, the lions would naturally continue to have a point advantage (75 against 74 points), but they would be equal in terms of direct confrontation, since they also lost at Dragão Caixa by the same result. In practice, Sporting would continue to depend only on itself to be National Champion, being obliged to win the four games until the end of the competition.
  • Scenario 3: Sporting beat Porto by one goal, but the dragons score less than 30 goals
    • In this scenario, the situation is the same as mentioned in scenario 1 (see above), since, despite the victory being by the same margin of what the dragons achieved at home, the lions have an advantage in the direct confrontation for having scored more goals out of doors.
  • Scenario 4: Sporting beat Porto by one goal, but the dragons score more than 30 goals
    • In this case, even with the leonine victory, Porto would have an advantage in the direct confrontation. However, to win the title, it would be enough for the lions to win the four games until the end.
  • Scenario 4: Sporting draw against Porto
    • In the event of a tie between lions and dragons, the accounts get a little more complicated, but the first conclusion is that Sporting no longer depends only on you to be National Champion.
    • If lions and dragons end the 60 minutes tied, Porto will continue leading (75 points) and Sporting will add 74 points.
    • However, dragons would have an advantage in direct confrontation, which greatly complicates the accounts for the leonine side. Until the end of the Championship, Porto will still have to host Benfica, but, in this scenario, they would only need a draw against the eagles to win the title.
      • Score after the derby: Porto (75) and Sporting (74)
      • If the dragons win the remaining three games and tie with the eagles, they would score a total of 86 points. If Sporting wins all four games until the end, they would also have 86 points, but Porto would have an advantage in the direct confrontation and win the title.
    • Scenario 5: Porto beats Sporting
      • If the dragons beat the lions next Saturday, the title is practically handed over. Porto would go on to add 76 points against Sporting’s 73 and even have the luxury of losing one of the four matches until the end.

Check out what remains to be played until the end of the Placard Handball 1 Championship:

  • journey 26
    • Sporting – Porto
    • Sanjoanense – Benfica
  • journey 27
    • Aguas Santas – Sporting Lisbon
    • Porto – Sanjoanense
    • Benfica – Belenenses
  • journey 28
    • Sporting – Madeira SAD
    • Porto – Benfica
  • journey 29
    • SC Horta – Sporting
    • Aguas Santas – Porto
    • Benfica – ADA Maia
  • journey 30
    • Sporting – Póvoa
    • Porto – Madeira SAD
    • Aguas Santas – Benfica

*Benfica still has a game overdue at Madeira SAD

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