Reigning Primeira Liga champions Sporting play host to Tondela on Sunday at 6pm (UK time).
Ruben Amorim’s Leoes enter matchday 12 in the Portuguese top flight third in the table, but knowing a win would take them above current table-toppers Benfica, who have played a game more but are only two points ahead. Tondela meanwhile are hovering in 10th and looking for some serious points to put breathing room between themselves and the relegation zone.
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Sporting vs Tondela build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Sporting have picked up from where they left off last season, with the capital club currently unbeaten after 11 games, drawing just two in that run, and looking to mount another serious title challenge, only this time, as the reigning champions. They also recently qualified for the Champions League knockout rounds at the expense of Borussia Dortmund, so will be feeling confident heading into this fixture.
Pako Ayestaran’s Auriverdes meanwhile started the campaign in winning fashion, beating Santa Clara 3-0, but since that curtain-raising victory it has been down hill. The Viseu District club lost five on the spin from following that contest and travel to Lisbon knowing they have never beaten Sporting at the Jose Alvalade Stadium. A 4-2 triumph over Maritimo last time out, though, should give them a modicum of hope.
- Sporting (vs Borussia Dortmund): Adan; Inacio, Coates, Feddal; Porro, Palhinha, Nunes, Reis; Goncalves, Sarabia; Paulinho.
- Tondela (vs Maritimo): Trigueira; Almeida, Hernando, Sagnan, Khacef; Pedro, Undabarrena, Dantas; Murillo, Agra, Dadashov.
Tiago Tomas and Sebastian Coates both recently returned to feature against Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek so will be fit to take part here. Ruben Vinagre and Jovane Cabral, though, are currently sidelined for the hosts through injury.
Player to watch: Pedro Goncalves (Sporting)
The 23-year-old was the star performer for Sporting last season as they ended their lengthy wait for the Portuguese top-flight title, finishing as the division’s top scorer with 23 goals, as well as earning a place in the Primeira Liga Team of the Year and collecting his second successive Best Young Player of the Year award. If there were question marks as to whether he could translate that form to the Champions League this season, those have certainly been answered. Goncalves, or Pote, is the Lisbon club’s top scorer in Europe this term, netting four times, including successive braces over Besiktas and most recently Dortmund to book Sporting a ticket in the knockout rounds. Domestically, he also netted last time out against Pacos Ferreira, so will be itching to get back on the turf and continue his scoring form here against a Tondela side who aren’t the most defensively resilient.
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