Sporting CP will be looking to take another big step towards a first Primeira Liga title since 2002 when they visit rivals FC Porto on Saturday at 8:30pm (UK time).
Porto are Sporting’s nearest challengers but they find themselves an eye-watering 10 points behind Rúben Amorim’s would-be invincible ahead of this weekend’s match-up.
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- US: GOLTV
Scoreline prediction: Porto 1-1 Sporting
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Porto vs Sporting build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
If Porto are to successfully defend their crown then Saturday’s game is nothing but a must-win. Sérgio Conceição’s champions are 10 points behind leaders Sporting with 14 matches remaining this season. Much of that gap was built in recent weeks as Porto strung three consecutive draws together. Last time out, however, the Dragons returned to winning ways by running out 2-1 victors at Marítimo. But as Sporting continue picking up points, it’s hugely important Porto secure a second win in three home games this weekend. Recent history is on the hosts’ side as Sporting have lost in each of their previous four trips to Estádio do Dragão.
That said, it’s fair to say this version of Sporting is a far cry from those who returned from Porto with tails between legs. Amorim’s men have shown they are made of sterner stuff this season. After playing 20 matches in 2020/21, the Lisbon-based club remain the only Portuguese top-flight side unbeaten having won 17 of those outings. Away from home, it’s a near-perfect record, with the Lions heading into this weekend’s game on the back of winning nine of their previous 10 away trips. If they can pick up a 10th then winning a first championship since 2002 will be just a few steps away.
- Porto (vs Marítimo): Marchesín; Manafá, Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi; Díaz, Oliveira, Uribe, Corona; Marega, Taremi.
- Sporting (vs Portimonense): Adán; Inácio, Feddal, Coates; Porro, Palhinha, Mário, Mendes; Santos, Gonçalves; Tomás.
Ivan Marcano is the only player Conceição can not count on this weekend. As for Sporting, they visit Porto without Paulinho (hamstring) and Luiz Phellype (knee) in Amorim’s matchday squad.
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Player to watch: Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting)
Just a few games ago, it seemed Pedro Gonçalves was cruising towards 20 goals for the campaign. Arguably Sporting’s most valuable player, he had racked up 14 strikes across 13 appearances, but now he’s currently enduring his longest barren spell of this season. It’s not a major concern as the Portuguese leaders continue winning. However, life would be even easier if their talisman was bursting nets. And there’s no better game for him to rediscover his mojo as the Lions visit the Dragons’ den. In their previous meeting on matchday four, Gonçalves fired a blank though by that point he was yet to get off the mark.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Porto: WDDDW
- Sporting: WWWWW
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