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Preview: Porto vs Sporting Lisbon - predictions, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Primeira Liga match between Porto and Sporting Lisbon. This includes predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

The Estadio do Dragao will host a thrilling clash of big names in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Porto lock the horn Sporting Lisbon Saturday.

Ruben AmorimSince January 2021, the two teams have failed to win in the last five meetings between them.

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Porto made a perfect start to their Primeira Liga title defense as they put up a hard-fought 1-0 victory against a resilient Vizela side at the Estadio de Vizela last Sunday. maintained.

spanish defender Ivan Marcano A goal in the 90th minute broke the hearts of the Vizelenses, who ended a three-game losing streak against the reigning champions, and dragged down the visitors.

Prior to that, Porto kicked off the 2022-23 season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Tondela on 30 July, winning a record 23rd Portuguese Superhawk title before defeating Maritimo in the league opener. We won comfortably 5-1. August 6.

Sergio ConceicaoLast season he scored 91 goals in 34 games to win his third league title in five years.

Their next challenge is to face the Sporting Lisbon side, who have lost two and kept three draws since winning 2-1 in January 2021.

Sporting Lisbon's Luis Neto and Paulinho look disappointed on 28 September 2021© Reuters

Amorim’s side kicked off their Primeira Liga campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over newly promoted Rio Avenue when they faced each other last Saturday.

Portuguese forward in one-sided incident at Estadio Jose Alvarade Pedro Goncalves found the back of the net on both sides of Mateus Nunes67th minute strike gave Leos their first victory of the season.

Prior to that, Sporting Lisbon had a disappointing pre-season, winning just one of five friendly matches and holding out to a 3-3 draw with Braga in the league opener on 7 August.

The 2019-20 champions head into the weekend with a solid result away from home in the Primeira Liga, collecting an impressive seven wins and three draws from their first ten games since the start of the year.

Next up is a tough challenge against a rampant Porto side that have won their last 11 home games in all competitions, going all the way back to their 1-0 loss to Lyon in the Europa League in March.

Porto Primeira Liga form:

Portfoam (all competitions):

Sporting Lisbon Primeira Liga form:

Sporting Lisbon form (all competitions):

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Porto's Mehdi Taremi celebrates by scoring his first goal alongside Chancel Mvemba and team-mates on 8 January 2022© Reuters

Without the finless problem in the closing stages, Porto were in good health heading into the weekend without fear of suspension, and Amorim had the luxury of having a full-strength team at their disposal.

Despite failing to pick up all three points against Vizela most recently, Conceicao does not expect to change the name of Saturday’s starting line-up. Joan Mario, Pepe, Marcano When Zaidu Sanushi form a back line.

on the other side of the pitch, Medhi Taremi, Evanilson When Danny Lauder Pepe is Mateus Uribe When Marco Gruich You must maintain your role in the center of the park.

The 23-year-old midfielder as far as Sporting Lisbon is concerned Daniel Braganza Due to an ACL injury in May, he will be out of action this weekend.

portuguese forward Paulinho It’s a question for the away team as well, having missed the previous 3-0 win against Rio Ave with a minor injury.

Japanese international Hidemasa Morita He will seek a starting role, replacing midfield entertainer Nunes, who recently moved to Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Scoring three goals in his first two games, Gombalbus jumped out of his block this season.

Possible starting lineup for Porto:
Costa; Mario, Pepe, Marcano, Sanusi. Otavio, Uribe, Gruit.Loder, Evanilson, Taremi

Starting line-up for Sporting Lisbon:
Adan, Coates, Inacio, and Neto. Poro, Morita, Ugarte, Wraith.Trincao, Goncalves, Edwards

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We say: Porto 2-1 Sporting Lisbon

Saturday’s game pits two of the biggest teams in the Portuguese division against each other, and it’s going to be an exciting one. The reigning champion is in great form and has won all of his last 10 matches in all competitions. We expect Leo to fight, but we also expect Porto to come out on top, riding the wave of support from the home fans.

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