Preview: Santa Clara vs Sporting Lisbon
Sports Mole provides an overview of Friday’s Primeira Liga clash between Santa Clara and Sporting Lisbon, including predictions, squad news and possible rosters.
Matchday 17 or the Primeira Liga begins at Estadio de Sao Miguel stadium when Saint Clare welcomes high-flying Sports Lisbon Friday.
Currently sitting one point above the relegation spots, the visitors jump into the game on a six-game losing streak against the defending champions and will look to end the miserable run.
Santa Clara was sent back to earth last Thursday when she suffered a 2-1 loss to Pacos de Ferreira at the Estadio Capital do Movel.
In an action-packed contest, Hidemasa Morita scored on the stroke of half-time to put the visitors in front before the break before being in good shape Denilson scored their fourth and fifth goals of the season in the second half to turn things around.
Prior to that, Santa Clara took a hard-earned 1-0 victory over resilient Vitoria de Guimaraes side at home as new manager. Tiago Sousa started his time at the club on a promising note.
However, the loss of the last time highlights one of Santa Clara’s main weaknesses this season as they struggled to get into the defensive end of the pitch, where they post the second-worst record in the league. division with 32 goals conceded.
The Azoreans have won three, drawn four and lost nine of their 16 appearances this season to collect 13 points, leaving them one point above Moreirense in the relegation playoff spot.
As Santa Clara will seek to find their way back to victory and move away from the drop zone, they have given themselves the daunting task of facing an endemic side of Sporting Lisbon who have won each of the last six meetings between the teams. .
Meanwhile, Sporting Lisbon maintained their impressive title charge as they fought from behind to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory over 10-man Portimonense at Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Matheus reis scored an own goal to give the visitors the advantage before the break, but the Portuguese striker Paulinho had the highest quality performance after the break as he scored a hat-trick before Lucas Possignolo pulled one off with the meaningful finishing touch of the game.
This follows a 2-1 away win of the Segunda Liga Casa Pia on December 22 when Sebastien coates and Pablo Sarabia compensated to cancel Jota silva‘s opener and sends the Leoes to the quarterfinals.
Ruben AmorimThe team have now won each of their last five games in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and keeping three clean sheets since a 4-2 loss to Ajax in the Champions League on December 7.
Sporting Lisbon are currently undefeated so far and with 44 points in 16 games they sit second in the table, tied on points with world champions Porto but behind on goal difference.
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Sporting Lisbon Primeira Liga form:
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Santa Clara will enter the field without the services of the Brazilian striker Costinha, who has been out of action since August when he injured his Achilles tendon in the game against Moreirense.
Rafael Ramos is also out of action for the Azoreans after the 26-year-old defender received his marching orders in the game against Pacos de Ferreira last time around.
His absence should see the former Belenenses and Moreirense full-back Pierre Sagna enter the fold for his fifth starting appearance of the season.
Sporting Lisbon, on the other hand, enter the game with several injury issues behind the team’s back.
Portuguese defender Ruben Vinagre has been out since November with an ankle injury, while Zouhair Feddal suffered a muscle problem against Benfica on December 3.
Young Mozambican Geny Catamo got injured in the last game against Portimonense, while Jovane Cabral continues his spell on the injury table because of a knee problem.
Possible starting line-up in Santa Clara:
Pereira; Henrique, Afonso, Villanueva, Mansur; Nene, Morita; Lincoln, Crysan, Patrick; Costa
Possible starting eleven of Sporting Lisbon:
Adan; Coates, Inacio, Reis; Esgaio, Palhinha, Santos, Nunes; GonÃ§alves, Sarabie; Paulinho
We say: Santa Clara 0-3 Sporting Lisbon
Santa Clara continues to strive for consistency in the Primeira Liga and finds himself languishing just above the drop zone. Sporting Lisbon are preparing for Friday’s game with a brilliant run of results against the hosts, and given the level of strength and experience between the two teams, we expect Amorim’s men to extend their dominance in this game. .