Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs. Chaves – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole preview Saturday’s Primeira Liga clash between Sporting Lisbon and Chaves, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Fresh after the first defeat of the new Primeira Liga season, Sporty Lisbon play host Chaves on Saturday at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Victor CampelosThe Barcelona side will look to overtake the home side at the weekend after losing each of the last five meetings between the teams since 2017.

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Sporting Lisbon's Joao Palhinha looks dejected after Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scored his fourth goal on February 15, 2022©Reuters

Sporting Lisbon failed to end their five-game winning streak against Porto as they lost 3-0 away to the reigning champions last weekend.

In a game where Pedro Porro received his marching orders, Evanilson, Matheus Uribe and Wanderson Galeno all found the target at hand Sergio Conceicao‘s side all three points at the Estadio do Dragao.

Reuben AmorimThe s men have gone ten consecutive away league games unbeaten, recording seven wins and three draws since a 2-1 defeat at Santa Clara on 7 January.

After drawing 3-3 against Braga and beating newly promoted Rio Ave 3-0 in their first two games of the new Primeira Liga season, Sporting Lisbon have scored five points out of a possible nine this season.

However, the Leos will assess their chances of returning to winning ways and closing the gap at the top of the table when they return home, where they are currently on a three-game winning streak in the league and have won four of their last eight games since early February.

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Sporting Lisbon's Pablo Sarabia celebrates scoring his first goal with Marcus Edwards and Luis Neto on May 1, 2022©Reuters

Elsewhere, Chaves have been denied their first consecutive win of the season as Vizela were held to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira last Saturday.

In a game where João Teixeira and Andres Sarmiento both saw red for both sides, Hector Hernandez broke the deadlock in the eighth minute but handed the lead to the hosts Kevin Zohi scored five minutes before half-time to restore the equalizer.

Earlier, the men of Campelos, who defeated Moreirense 2-1 on aggregate in the final of the promotion playoffs in May, started with a 1-0 loss to Vitoria de Guimaraes in their 7.1 win at Maritimo two weeks ago.

While Chaves will look to return to winning ways, they will be hampered by an opposing side who are currently on a five-game winning streak in this game and are unbeaten in six of their last seven meetings since January 2017.

Form of Sporting Lisbon Primeira Liga:

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Chave’s Primeira Liga Form:

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Pedro Goncalves celebrates his goal for Sporting Lisbon on August 13, 2022©Reuters

Sporting Lisbon will be without Spain international Pedro Porro, who picked up a red card in last weekend’s game against Porto.

Former Braga man in his absence Ricardo Esgaiowho made 27 appearances last season was set to take on the role of right-back in his first league start of the 2022/23 season.

The Leos are without the 23-year-old midfielder due to injury Daniel Bragancawho has been out since May due to a cruciate ligament injury.

Meanwhile, Chaves recently snapped the Copenhagen man Luther Sing on loan and the 25-year-old forward could make his debut this weekend.

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Club captain Teixeira is currently suspended after receiving his marching orders against Vizela and Villarreal on loan last time out Jony Arriba could be thrown into the mix on Saturday.

Sporting Lisbon possible starting line-up:
Adam; Neto, Coates, Inácio; Esgaio, Morita, Ugarte, Rice; Edwards, Trincao, Goncalves

Chave’s possible starting line-up:
fagundes; Correia, Vitoria, Monte, Langa; Arriba, Guimaraes, Mendes; Batxi, Hernandez, Sousa

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We say: Sporting Lisbon 3:1 Chaves

Sporting Lisbon have stumbled into the new season and are five points behind rivals Porto at the top of the table. However, we return home where they currently have seven wins from their last eight games. We’re helping them build their dominance against this weekend’s guests.

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