Sporting Lisbon will be looking to continue their impeccable start to the Primeira Liga season when they travel to the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques to face Vitória Guimarães on Friday at 20:30 (UK Time).
Vitória Guimarães have had a mixed start to the season with two defeats, one draw and three victories in the first six rounds. Their sole loss over the past month came at home against an in-form Braga a fortnight ago, but they did well to bounce back with a narrow 1-2 victory at Gil Vicente last weekend. Unfortunately, Vitoria haven’t enjoyed such great form on home soil this season, having lost two of their three league fixtures while scoring just one goal. The only positive thing is that Guimaraes have suffered just one loss in their last seven home meetings with Sporting while winning twice.
On the flip side, Sporting have won five and drawn one of their opening six games in the Primeira Liga. They are top of the league at the moment and can extend their lead here, especially after rivals Benfica lost unexpectedly at Boavista on Monday. The only disappointment for Sporting this season is their 1-4 home loss against LASK Linz in the Europa League play-offs at the beginning of October. Away from home, Sporting have won each of their three league trips so far this season, having scored twice in each of those games. Head-to-head, Sporting have won three of their last five league meetings with Vitória Guimarães, but only managed a 2-2 draw in their most recent trip to the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques.
Can Vitória Guimarães get back to winning ways on home soil? Or will Sporting extend their unbeaten streak to seven games in the Primeira Liga?
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Vitoria Guimares and Sporting’s previous line-ups:
- Vitoria Guimares (vs Gil Vicente): Varela, Mensah, Mumin, Suliman, Ouattara, Poha, Ndubusi Agu, Andre, Quaresma, Duarte, Maddox.
- Sporting (vs Tondela): Adan, Feddal, Neto, Coates, Mendes, Porro, Palhinha, Pedro Goncalves, Mario, Tomas, Sporar.
Alhassan Wakaso, Joseph Amoah and Mascarenhas are still sidelined with injuries and they won’t be able to help Vitoria Guimaraes here. The good news is that Jorge Fernandes is back in the squad after serving his suspension. Rochina looked solid last weekend after coming on as a sub and is pushing for a start here.
Antunes and Bruno Taba are both still out through injury for Sporting. Pote will definitely lead the attack once again after scoring five goals in his last three appearances. Joao Mario is expected to be paired with Joao Palhinha in the middle of the park.