Sporting CP will be looking to maintain their perfect start in their Primeira Liga title defence when they host Belenenses at Estádio José Alvalade on Saturday at 8:30pm (UK time).
Rúben Amorim’s men are one of four clubs, which includes rivals Benfica and Porto, to have won each of their opening two games heading into matchday three while their visitors are seeking a first win of the season.
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Scoreline prediction: Sporting 2-0 Belenenses
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Sporting vs Belenenses build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Sporting couldn’t have started their championship defence any better. Ruben Amorim’s men ran out 3-0 winners against Vizela before narrowly defeating Braga 1-2 on the road. Their plus four goal-difference matches Gil Vicente but on the virtue of more goals scored leaves them sitting top heading into matchday three. At the Estádio José Alvalade they’re currently on a 27-match unbeaten streak with 22 of those ending in victory. In 59 previous home matches against Belenenses they’ve secured 49 wins and tasted just one loss.
That sole win by Belenenses in the Portuguese capital came just a few years ago when O Belém claimed a 1-3 success in May 2017, on that day Sporting then managed by Jorge Jesus had gone in front before capitulating, lining up for The Lions was current Primeira Liga Player of the Year recipient Sebastián Coates. Nuno Oliveira’s present team are winless after two league outings this season after suffering defeats against Porto and Marítimo subsequently extending their losing streak in Portugal’s top division to four matches.
- Sporting (vs Braga): Adán; Coates, Inácio, Feddal; Esgaio, Palhinha, Nunes, Vinagre; Gonçalves, Paulinho, Cabral.
- Belenenses (vs Marítimo): Felipe; Phete, Ribeiro, Akas; Boni; Calila, Lukovic, Sousa, Nilton; Cassierra, Ndour.
Matheus Reis is set to serve a suspension following his dismissal last weekend. Nuno Mendes, meanwhile, is ruled out with a troublesome ankle injury. Sandro is the only player unavailable for Belenenses as he’s yet to recover from a muscle tear in his right leg which he picked up last month.
Player to watch: Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting)
It goes without saying Sporting’s most valuable player is Pedro Gonçalves who has picked up from where he left off from last season. The 23-year-old Portuguese midfielder-cum-forward bagged 23 goals in 32 league outings across the 2020/21 season which earned him a first Primeira Liga top scorer prize. His quest to defend that accolade has started on the right foot as he goes into matchday three having bagged three goals in Sporting’s opening two matches. Gonçalves (aka Pote) struck against Vizela before doing the same against Braga the following week. He started last season netting in six consecutive matches, can he make it three in a row this time around?
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