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Bet of the day: Slimani strikes Sporting Lisbon opener over Belenenses

| 04.04.2016

Lee Gormley | April 4, 2016

Coral’s bet of the day

  • Islam Slimani has struck 25 times for club and country this season
  • The Algerian has netted the opener on seven occasions this term
  • He has 12 away goals for Sporting on all fronts before this outing

Islam Slimani 14/5 first scorer

Monday has come around again and to help you beat the blues, Coral’s tasty bet of the day comes from some Portuguese Primeira Liga action, where Sporting Lisbon’s Islam Slimani is 14/5 to open proceedings against mid-table strugglers Belenenses.

2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Tunisia Vs Algeria

The Lions are still in contention for the Portuguese title this current campaign under Jorge Jesus, with their Algeria international frontman Slimani being key to any such success, as they sit five points behind league leaders and rivals Benfica, while also possessing a game in hand.

Ahead of their latest meeting, Sporting and Slimani will be confident of continuing their push for silverware this term, against a Belenenses side that sit haplessly down in 11th position and who have conceded a league high 54 goals, even more than those battling relegation below them.

Slimani to sink Belenenses

In-form Slimani is enjoying a truly rampant term at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, having fired in an impressive 21 goals in all competitions, as well as a further four strikes for Algeria during World Cup qualifying appearances.

World Cup 2014 - Germany - Algeria

In both those international outings for the African nation Slimani tucked away a deadly double, including during a 7-0 demolition over Tanzania. Though it’s his club efforts in Portugal that have seen him become a genuinely feared marksman in Europe.

Lisbon’s key danger also relishes playing away from home, with 12 strikes to his name in travelling appearances ahead of this latest visit to Belenenses.

The 27-year-old is a quick starter in games, with the emphatic attacker netting the opening goal on seven occasions so far this season, making his 14/5 odds of doing so again very promising this Monday night. So make sure not to miss out!


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.