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Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs. Rio Avenue - predictions, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Primeira Liga match between Sporting Lisbon and Rio Avenue, team news, expected line-ups and more.

Sporting LisbonThe first home game of the 2022-23 Primeira Liga campaign will see the newly promoted Rio Avenue at the Estadio Jose Alvarade on Saturday.

Ruben AmorimThe team has now won six of their seven home games in the league and will be looking to maintain that streak.

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Sporting Lisbon did not get off to a dream start to the 2022-23 Primeira Liga campaign as they were forced to a thrilling 3-3 draw by a tenacious Braga side at the Estadio Braga Municipal last Sunday.

Leo took the lead on three different occasions. Pedro Goncalves, Nuno Santos When Marcus Edwards But the visitors fought back with a goal from there Simon Banza, Let’s go to Akate When Abel Lewis As both sides settled on their share of the booty.

This followed an unconvincing pre-season run in which Sporting Lisbon failed to win four of their five friendly matches, winning 3–2 and winning 3–2. Jose MourinhoRome on July 19th is an exception.

The 2020-21 Portuguese champions enjoyed a solid domestic campaign last season, finishing second in the Primeira Liga standings, just six points behind rivals Porto, who have won their 30th league title.

Sporting Lisbon welcomed Rio Ave to the Estadio Jose Alvarade and have won all but one of their last seven games since the start of February, scoring 17 goals and keeping a clean sheet in five of them.

Ivo Pinto and his teammates at Rio Ave after the match on 15 January 2021© Reuters

A year after relegation in the 2020-21 season, Rio Ave, who finished first in the Segunda Liga last season, have secured an immediate return to the top flight for Portugal.

Vilacondens, who lost to Arouca in the relegation play-offs in May 2021, won the league last season with 21 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses from 34 league matches to clinch the league title by two points. 2nd place Casapia.

Rio Ave, who have won one of their three pre-season games, were unable to officially announce their return to the Primeira Liga after suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Vizela last Saturday.

Despite being on the front pedal most of the game and seeing 65% ball possession, Louis Freiremen were guilty of showing toothlessness in the attack Nuno Moreira He scored the only goal of the match, giving the visitors all three.

Rio Ave are looking to quickly sweep the dust off their feet and start a top-flight campaign, but next up is an opposition claiming 11 wins and four draws, undefeated in 15 of their last 20 head-to-head meetings. side. At that time.

Sporting Lisbon Primeira Liga form:

Sporting Lisboa form (all competitions):

The form of the Rio Ave Primeira Liga:

Rio Avenue Forms (all competitions):

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Sporting Lisbon coach Ruben Amorim and Ricardo Esgaio, 15 February 2022© Reuters
Sporting Lisbon enter the pitch without the 23-year-old midfielder serving Daniel Braganzahas been out of action since May due to an ACL injury.

Away from behind a great attack against Braga, Amorim can name three unchanged front lines. PaulinhoBarcelona Borrower Francisco Trincao Goncalves recorded 14 goal involvements in the league last season.

But last weekend, 23-year-old English forward Edwards was able to push his place in the starting side after coming off the bench to cap off a great cameo with an 83rd-minute goal.

in the meantime, Junio ​​Rocha The 25-year-old defender continues his path to full fitness after suffering a serious fibula injury.

The 36-year-old head coach will be watching from the stands this weekend after receiving a red card for last weekend’s heated opening day defeat against Vizela.

Starting line-up for Sporting Lisbon:
Adan; Inacio, Coates, Wraith. Polo, Nunez, Morita and Santos.Trincao, Paulinho, Goncalves

Starting members of Rio Avenue:
Jonathan; Costinha, Nobrega, Santos, Amaral. Gomez, Joca, Guga, Vitor.Jakub, Pereira

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Sporting Lisbon 3-0 Rio Avenue

Sporting Lisbon have had a good run in this match, winning 11 of their last 20 matches, including a 2-0 victory in their most recent meeting. Amorim’s side had a spectacular attack in their last game, and the same is expected to repeat itself this weekend as the visiting side suffered a crushing defeat.

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