Sporting will be looking to extend their Primeira Liga winning streak when they face Santa Clara at Estádio de São Miguel on Friday evening (18:30 UK time).
Rúben Amorim’s men are level on points with Porto heading into matchday 17 after winning each of their last 11 league outings. As for Santa Clara they’re looking for a return to successful ways after suffering a 2-1 loss at Paços Ferreira last time out.
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Santa Clara team news
Heading in 2022 it’s clear Santa Clara are in a relegation dogfight. Clemente’s side find themselves sitting one place and one point above the danger zone. To date they’ve won three matches two of which have come across their previous four league outings. Before this small turnaround Os Açoreanos had claimed one success across 12 matches which included seven losses. At home they are currently on a two-game winning streak. In fact, since a 0-1 loss to Sporting Braga in February 2021 they’ve played 16 times at home only losing on three occasions. This will also be the sixth time Santa Clara have welcomed Sporting, but they’ve never ended with a victory, their only positive result came in August 1999 when they held Giuseppe Materazzi’s side to a 2-2 draw.
Santa Clara predicted XI: Pereira; Henrique, Afonso, Villanueva, Mansur; Nene, Morita; Lincoln, Crysan, Patric; Costa.
Sporting team news
Things are looking promising towards a successful Sporting title defence. Ruben Amorim’s defending champions are on a 11-game winning streak heading into this latest round of fixtures. Overall they’ve only dropped four points across their opening 16 matches. Two of those came on the road at Famalicão on matchday four. In fact across their previous 24 away matches the Lions — who are missing no fewer than five players this week including left-back Rúben Vinagre — have lost just once while being held to a draw on four occasions. Across the club’s past five trips outside Lisbon they’ve averaged 2.2 goals per game while only conceding just twice.
Sporting predicted XI: Adan; Coates, Inacio, Reis; Esgaio, Palhinha, Santos, Nunes; Goncalves, Sarabia; Paulinho.
Primeira Liga 2021/22 recent form:
- Santa Clara: LWLWD
- Sporting: WWWWW
Scoreline prediction: Santa Clara 0-2 Sporting
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