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

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

After booking their place in the Europa League round of 16, Sporty Lisbon are back in action in the Primeira Liga when they compete Estoril Beach On Monday.

The Canarinhos travel to Estadio Jose Alvalade, where they have lost each of their last five league games since a 1-0 win in May 2014, and are looking to end that poor record.

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Sporting Lisbon's Francisco Trincao celebrates his first goal on January 15, 2023©Reuters

Sporting Lisbon put on a top quality performance in Thursday’s Europa League play-off second leg against FC Midtjylland as they defeated the Danish side 4-0 at the MCH Arena.

After last week’s 1-1 draw Sebastian Coateswho scored a late equalizer in the second leg was there again when he opened the scoring in the 21st minute before a second-half brace Pedro Goncalves And Stefan GartenmanOwn goal scored in the 85th minute Albert Capellas‘s side to the sword.

Sporting Lisbon, who played the first half of the season in the Champions League before dropping out of the group stage, are now turning their attention to the Primeira Liga, where they got back on track with a 3-2 win at Chaves last Monday.

Before, Reuben AmorimOn February 12, the Barcelona side conceded their fourth consecutive league win for the first time this season as they lost 2-1 at home to rivals Porto.

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While Sporting Lisbon may have given up hope of a second Primeira Liga crown in three years as they are currently 15 points behind leaders Benfica, the goal will be an immediate return to the Champions League.

The 19-time Portuguese champions have already lost six league games this season, twice as many as last season and their heaviest defeat since the 2019/20 season.

Sporting Lisbon have so far recorded 13 wins and two draws from 21 games, amassed 41 points and sit fourth in the Primeira Liga table, eight points behind third-placed Braga in the Champions League qualifiers playoff spot.

Estoril Praia's Serginho celebrates his first goal with his teammates on November 6, 2022©Reuters

Estoril Praia, meanwhile, suffered a 3-1 defeat by bottom-placed Pacos de Ferreira at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota last Saturday.

After being 2-0 down at half-time thanks to goals Adrian Butzke And Nils Thomas, Francisco Geraldes but drew back in the 50th minute Jordan Holsgrove scored four minutes past the hour to restore the Pacenses’ two-goal lead.

Nelson VerissimoThe side have now lost all but one of their last six games, the exception being a 2-1 win over 10-man Boavista on February 9, while they have gone on to have a run of six defeats and two draws in their eight Away games have been going on Monday since October.

Having reached the first half in La Liga last season, the Canarinhos are currently in the relegation zone as they currently sit 15th in the standings, six points ahead of Maritimo in the relegation playoff spot.

Whilst Estoril Praia will be looking to stem the rot, they face a tough challenge coming up against a Sporting Lisbon side who have won each of the last three meetings between the teams and are unbeaten in 13 of their last 15 meetings since October 2010.

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Form of Sporting Lisbon Primeira Liga:

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Estoril Praia Primeira League Form:

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Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim on January 15, 2023©Reuters

Sporting Lisbon will be without Manuel Ugardewho will serve a one-game ban for breaking the yellow card hurdle with his caution against Chaves last Monday.

In the absence of the 21-year-old midfielder Hidemasa Moritawho has five goals under his belt this season will be pushing for a regular role at the center of the park.

On the injury front, Amorim won’t be able to fall back Daniel Bragancawho is continuing his rehabilitation after a cruciate ligament rupture last May.

After an injury-free game against Pacos de Ferreira, Estoril Praia are in perfect health and we expect Verissimo to appoint a similar starting XI on Monday.

With his support in the above game, Tiago Gouveia was now involved in three of the Canarinhos’ four goals in 2023 and the Benfica loanee was expected to lead the attack on the side cassian and Portuguese striker Tiago Araujo.

Sporting Lisbon possible starting line-up:
Adam; Inacio, Coates, Diomande; Bellerin, Goncalves, Morita, Santos; Edwards, Trincao, Paulinho

Estoril Praia possible starting line-up:
Figueira; Santos, Vital, Alvaro, Joaozinho; Gamboa, Carvalho, Geraldes; Gouveia, Araujo, Cassiano

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We say: Sporting Lisbon 3-0 Estoril Praia

After a dominant performance in the Europa League, Sporting Lisbon will start Monday with high morale and full of confidence. The Leos enjoyed this game better and given the gap in experience and quality between the two teams, we support them in their quest for another win.

For a data analysis of the most likely outcomes, goal scores and more for this game, please click here.

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