Preview: Chaves vs. Sporting Lisbon – prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole preview Monday’s Primeira Liga clash between Chaves and Sporting Lisbon, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
After being lucky enough to grab a late draw in the first leg of the Europa League playoffs, Sporty Lisbon draw their attention to the Primeira Liga, where they compete against each other Chaves On Monday.
The Flavienses are currently unbeaten in seven of their last eight games at the Estadio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira looking to complete an impressive league double against the visitors after a 2-0 win in the first leg in August.
Chaves finally gave his fans something to cheer for as they picked up their first win of 2023 when they secured a 2-1 home win over Maritimo on February 5.
Early goals from Euler and the former Porto man in that encounter Steven Victoria put the hosts on their way Claudia Wink pulled one back for Jose Manuel Gomes‘s men.
Previously, Chaves had gone eight games without a win in all competitions – drawing four and losing four – a streak that saw them fail in the group stage of the League Cup.
However, Victor CampelosThe side did not manage to repeat their victory over Maritimo as they only held Vizela to a goalless draw at the Estadio do FC Vizela on Friday.
Chaves has now won six, drawn eight and lost six of his 20 games to accumulate 26 points and sits ninth in the Primeira Liga table, level on points with Vizela and Boavista.
Sporting Lisbon, on the other hand, have failed to get off to a successful start in the Europa League after salvaging a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw against Midtjylland last Thursday.
Jose Alvalade came on as a substitute in an action-packed match at the Estadio Emam Ashour broke the deadlock 10 minutes after his introduction to put the Danish team ahead beforehand Sebastian Coates scored a header in the 94th minute to force some of the spoils.
Reuben AmorimDFB’s men had spent the first half of the season competing in the Champions League, where they recorded just two wins and seven points from six games to finish third in Group D.
Ahead of next Thursday’s Europa League play-off second leg at the MCH Arena, the Leoes have business to attend to in the Primeira Liga, where they are trying to get back on track after last weekend’s 2-1 defeat by rivals Porto to return.
Before defeat too Sergio ConceicaoThe Sporting Lisbon side have enjoyed a treble win streak in the league and a run of 10 points from a possible 12 since losing 2-1 to Maritimo in the opening game of the year.
With 38 points from 20 games, Sporting Lisbon are currently fourth in the Primeira Liga table, eight points behind third-placed Braga in the Champions League qualifiers playoff spot.
Chave’s Primeira Liga Form:
Form of Sporting Lisbon Primeira Liga:
Form of Sporting Lisbon (all competitions):
Chaves will be without the 25-year-old full-back Bruno Langawho will serve a one-game ban with his yellow card against Vizela.
On the injury front, Campelos does not have the services of to fall back on Jonathan Arriba (Muscle), Luther Sing (muscle) and Hector Hernandez (knees), all recovering from injuries.
Nigerian midfielder Nwankwo Obioro missed each of the last two games due to a muscle problem Joao Correia also absent due to injury.
Sporting Lisbon, meanwhile, will be without a midfielder Daniel Bragancawho has been out since last May due to a cruciate ligament tear.
Hidemasa Morita will sit out his third straight game due to a muscle problem while the Portuguese youngster Dario Essugo sustained a muscle injury in December.
Chave’s possible starting line-up:
vitor; Sylla, Vitoria, Ponck, Guilherme; Teixeira, Pedro, Mendes; Euler, Sousa, Vieira
Sporting Lisbon possible starting line-up:
Adam; Inacio, Coates, Rice; Bellerin, Goncalves, Ugarte, Fatawu; Edwards, Trincao, Chermiti
We say: Chaves 0-2 Sporting Lisbon
Sporting Lisbon have shown good form away from home, winning four and drawing one in their last six games. Given the gap in quality and experience between the two sides, we support the Leos to take all three points.
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