THE BALL – The Football Observatory projection: Sporting will be champion and Benfica will be in fourth (Liga)

The Football Observatory (CIES), an independent group based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, which is dedicated to the statistical analysis of king sport, projected the outcome of 22 European leagues, based on a model that crosses different aspects of the game, namely the framed shots and in the areas (made and awarded), possession of the ball and the number of passes by the team and opponents in the last third of the field.

Well, in the case of the Portuguese League, the projected final classification is the same as that now. According to CIES, Sporting will be champion with 82 points, nine more than FC Porto (73), followed by SC Braga, six of the dragons (67), and Benfica, with one less than the arsenal players (66) . In 5th, Paços de Ferreira, with 59, 11 more than V. Guimarães, the 6th.

Regarding the descents and the play-off place (16th), which before this day belonged to Boavista (16th), Famalicão (17th) and Farense (18th), CIES has a very different projection, since the relegated, according to the analysis, will be Tondela (18, 31 points) and Famalicão (17, 32), appearing in the penultimate Farense (16, 32), with Belenenses SAD and Boavista immediately above ( both with 33).

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