Sporting continue their push towards a first Primeira Liga title since 2002 when they host relegation-threatened Nacional at Estadio José Alvalade on Saturday evening (20:30 UK time).
Ruben Amorim’s unbeaten side currently hold a six point lead with five matches remaining this season while Nacional are six points adrift of safety.
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Scoreline prediction: Sporting 2-0 Nacional
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Sporting vs Nacional build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Following the conclusion of matchday 24, which saw Sporting run out 1-0 winners against Vitória Guimarães, the Lions of Lisbon held a 10 point lead over Porto but a subsequent five-match run that saw them collect nine points from 15 available has reduced their advantage to six points. Rúben Amorim’s side nevertheless remain unbeaten with five matches left to play however they’ve now gone two home games since last winning. Their record at Estádio José Alvalade this season has been near flawless. Sporting come into this weekend’s game having won 10 of their previous 14 matches registering 26 goals whilst conceding nine times.
Meanwhile currently sitting in the final Primeira Liga position is Nacional who returned to successful ways last time out. Manuel Machado’s side ended a 10-match losing streak with a surprise 1-0 win over sixth-place Vitoria Guimaraes which now leaves them four points adrift of the relegation playoff spot. Nacional unsurprisingly boast the league’s joint worst away record having lost 10 of their previous 14 outings whilst picking up just two wins the most recent coming at Boavista (0-1) in early February.
- Sporting (vs Braga): Adán; Inácio, Coates, Feddal; Porro, Palhinha, Mendes; Mário; Gonçalves, Paulinho, Santos.
- Nacional (vs Guimarães): Filipe; Freitas, Pedrão, Júlio César, Rui Correia; Alhassan, Azouni; Camacho, Micael, Witi; Mendes.
Sporting boss Rúben Amorim has a fully available squad to choose from this weekend. Nuno Borges (suspended) is the only player missing for Nacional.
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Player to watch: Nuno Santos (Sporting)
Nuno Santos began this season in strong fashion after registering three goals across Sporting’s opening seven league matches which also included three assists. That being said, the 26-year-old forward completed the full 90 minutes just once, and since then Santos has started and finished a Primeira Liga game on four occasions. His overall productivity reduced having netted three times and creating two more in 20 appearances. Santos nevertheless remains the Lions most productive creator at home this season. He’s provided five assists to date with eight other players — — which does not included their most valuable player Pedro Gonçalves — on one assist.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Sporting: WDWDD
- Nacional: WLLLL
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