Sporting continue their mission to successfully defend their Primeira Liga crown when they face newly-promoted Estoril at Estádio António Coimbra da Mota on Sunday evening (20:30 UK time).
Both teams are unbeaten heading into matchday six but it’s Estoril, on the count of drawing one game fewer, who sit above Sporting in the young championship table.
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Scoreline prediction: Estoril 0-2 Sporting
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Estoril vs Sporting build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
After three seasons away from playing Portuguese top-flight football Estoril are back in the big time and they’re not messing around. Bruno Pinheiro’s men after their opening five matches find themselves sitting second in the championship table. The Canarinhos are early leaders Benfica’s nearest challengers as they sit two points behind them. Estoril’s first Primeira Liga match since 2018 was on the road at Arouca which saw them running out 0-2 winners. They would drop their first points at home against Vitoria Guimaraes the following week. But that only led to a three-game winning streak that saw them pick off Paços Ferreira, Marítimo and Tondela. This week sees them host Sporting in Portugal’s top division for the 18th time with their last meeting at António Coimbra da Mota seeing them claim a 2-0 success.
As defending champions more eyes are on Sporting than ever before. After ending a near two decade wait to be Portuguese champions Rúben Amorim’s men are now the hunted. Heading into matchday six The Lions are unbeaten but trail city rivals Benfica, who lead the young championship, by four points. It started well for Sporting as they won their opening three matches; they brushed Vizela aside before narrow victories over Braga and Belenenses, however their last two outings saw them drop a combined four points. Firstly they rescued a point at Famalicão before snatching a draw from the jaws of victory against championship rivals Porto last weekend. Across their 18 previous visits to Estoril, as touched upon, they’ve returned with eight wins with the last coming in February 2017 when Bryan Ruiz and Bas Dost were on the scoresheet.
- Estoril (vs Tondela): Figueira; Soria, William, Áfrico, Joãozinho; Gamboa, Franco, Geraldes; Chiquinho, Ruiz, Lourenço.
- Sporting (vs Ajax): Adán; Neto, Feddal, Inácio; Porro, Nunes, Palhinha, Vinagre; Jovane, Paulinho, Santos.
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Player to watch: Sebastián Coates (Sporting)
An incredible unbeaten streak at home came to an end this week. Sporting went into their Champions League clash with Dutch champions Ajax at Estádio José Alvalade having gone 22 previous matches there in all competitions without tasting defeat. Amorim’s side though were missing their most valuable player and Pedro Gonçalves through injury and captain Sebastián Coates due to suspension. In the latter’s absence SCP shipped in five goals. Coates — the reigning Primeira Liga Player of the Year — will return this weekend. An ever-present this season the 30-year-old Uruguayan centre-back has only conceded three goals across five league matches to date.
Primeira Liga 2021/22 recent form:
- Estoril: WWWDW
- Sporting: DDWWW
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