Sporting CP look to close the gap on Primeira Liga leaders Benfica when they travel to struggling Santa Clara on Saturday (3.30pm BST).
Ruben Amorim’s side are already nine points behind Benfica after eight matches, but they have won three of their last four in Portugal’s top flight.
With just one win from their opening eight games, Santa Clara occupy the relegation play-off place, but Os Acoreanos did beat Sporting 3-2 when they met at Estadio de Sao Miguel last season.
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Santa Clara team news
Mario Silva is likely to rotate his squad as he looks to improve Santa Clara’s recent form. Kennedy Boateng is suspended for the hosts after receiving a red card against Rio Ave last weekend.
Meanwhile, defender Paulo Henrique is missing as he continues his recovery from an injury sustained against Pacos de Ferreira last month, and Costinha (ACL) is a long-term absentee.
Sporting CP team news
Amorim must make do without several players for the trip to Estadio de Sao Miguel. Neto and Daniel Braganca are recovering from knee injuries, while Sebastian Coates and Pedro Porro (knee) will also be absent.
Jovane Cabral is also unavailable for the Leoes as he continues his rehabilitation after sustaining a severe thigh injury in June.
Primeira Liga 2022/23 recent form:
- Santa Clara: LDLWD
- Sporting CP: WLWWL
Scoreline prediction: Santa Clara 0-2 Sporting CP
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