Porto vs Sporting – Liga NOS : The derby between FC Porto and Sporting opens up a round that can be decisive
To determine how many title contenders there will be until the end
The advantage, going into this match, is entirely on the side of the Dragons, that play in front of their home crowd and have a 5-points advantage over their pursuers.
Furthermore, the team, even being affected by some absences, has been capable of continually finding solutions within the roster, completely shaking off the idea of its limitation,
by comparison with Sporting, for example, that is also struggling on the physical management of their players (and affected by a virus), who has been suffering to maintain a high exhibition level.
Sérgio Conceição should promote the return of the injured Danilo Pereira and Aboubakar, who were important pieces on the team before their absences and that can have an impact in this match.
The arrival of Danilo might force a reformulation on the midfield, but I believe that Herrera and Sérgio Oliveira will maintain their positions.
Ricardo Pereira, Alex Telles and Tiquinho Soares should be important absences, although Diogo Dalot, for what he did against Porimonense, and Maxi Pereira, for his experience, shouldn’t falter against Sporting.
Jorge Jesus will face a more limited situation right now, since he still has several players who are doubtful.
Bas Dost and Piccini will be the two players that he will intend to recover from the injuries that have been affecting them, while the absence of Gelso Martins due to suspension might mean that Bruno Fernandes will play on the right wing.
Especially the case of the Dutch might lead to some changes on their strategy for this match, since Doumbia offers very different characteristics.
Still, with William Carvalho and Mathieu back, alongside Coates and Rui Patrício, it shouldn’t be weird to see Sporting’s main focus being on not conceding goals and there, their defensive line will have to be consistent.
Porto vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
A match where, according to what has been happening on the current season, we should have more offensive momentum from FC Porto, but with Sporting having the draw as their minimum objective.
A victory would be the only result that would feed the Lions’ hopes of still reaching the 1st place.
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