Pacos Ferreira play host to reigning Primeira Liga champions Sporting on Sunday at 7pm (UK time) looking to end a run of six winless games on the spin.
The Porto-based club have lost their previous 11 games against Sporting and are looking for their first win against the champions since 2013. Ruben Amorim’s Leoes meanwhile travel to the Estadio da Mata Real in second and fresh from a 4-0 Champions League humbling of Besiktas.
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Pacos Ferreira vs Sporting previous line-ups & injury news:
- Pacos Ferreira (vs Moreirense): Ferreira; Silva, Ramos, Gonzaga, Antunes; Eustaquio, Carlos, Santos; Delgado, Silva, Pedro.
- Sporting (vs Besiktas): Adan; Inacio, Coates, Feddal; Porro*, Palhinha, Nunes, Reis; Sarabia, Goncalves, Paulinho.
The hosts remain without summer recruit Joao Vigario, who sustained an injury in the Europa Conference League qualifiers against Larne, and has been out since. Sporting meanwhile are without Pedro Porro, who came off injured in the Besiktas win.
Amorim: Pacos will be a very difficult game, completely different from the Champions League
It was a comprehensive victory for Sporting in the Champions League on Wednesday, which has just kept them in the knockout stage qualification conversation, with the Lisbon-based club third in Group C, but level on points with second-placed Dortmund, whom they face next in a proverbial six-pointer.
Despite the heights of facing Europe’s fiercest sides in midweek, head coach Amorim was under no illusions about the scale of the task domestically on Sunday, with the Portuguese tactician aware of the dangers Pacos will pose despite their current struggles in the league.
“Pacos will be a very difficult game that will be completely different from the Champions League,” he said.
“The players are prepared to change the competition. Pacos will be much more aggressive and they are a team that knows us much better than Besiktas.
“when you play against a big team, the teams are without responsibility. A full week to always prepare helps, [they have] an experienced coach and they have Vitorino [Antunes] there.
“We have to be prepared for a team that reacts very well when they lose the ball, that makes a lot of fouls and are very incisive in attacking at depth. That’s what we prepared for without having much time.”
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