Sporting Lisbon vs. SC Farense 2023-24 Taca da Liga

Sporting Lisbon vs. SC Farense Taca da Liga Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

Sporting Lisbon is set to kick off their 2023-24 Taca da Liga campaign as they host SC Farense at Estadio Jose Alvalade for a third-round group game. This highly anticipated match promises to be a thrilling showdown.

Match Preview

Sporting Lisbon is entering Taca da Liga action for the first time this season, aiming to continue their impressive run in the competition over recent years. The team has lifted the trophy four times in the last six campaigns, including consecutive triumphs in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.

In their pursuit of a third straight Taca da Liga, Ruben Amorim’s side advanced to the final last time, starting their campaign at home against SC Farense in the group stage.

In that encounter, Sporting Lisbon dominated with a 6-0 victory, featuring goals from Paulinho, Marcus Edwards, Pedro Goncalves, Arthur Gomes, and Mateus Fernandes.

Sporting Lisbon finished the group stage with a perfect record but fell short in the final, losing 2-0 to Porto in January.

Sporting Lisbon enters this season’s Taca da Liga campaign in excellent form, leading the Primeira Liga table with 25 points from their first nine league games.

Their most recent victory came in a 2-0 triumph against Boavista, with goals from Geny Catamo and Goncalves.

Sporting Lisbon is keen to carry this momentum into Thursday’s match, aiming for a repeat of their successful encounter with SC Farense from last year.

SC Farense, on the other hand, seeks to avenge last season’s heavy defeat in the cup and a narrow loss to the Primeira Liga leaders in September.

They have an impressive record in the Taca da Liga, having progressed through the knockout rounds.

In the third-round group action last year, SC Farense managed to stay level with Sporting Lisbon until the dying embers of the match, giving them confidence for their upcoming clash.

With only one team advancing from each group to the Taca da Liga semi-finals, SC Farense is determined to secure a top spot and a place in the last four.

Their previous encounter with Sporting Lisbon demonstrates their resilience, and they aim to take three crucial points in the capital on Thursday.

Team News

Sporting Lisbon may make some rotations to their squad on Thursday, with key forwards Viktor Gyokeres and Pedro Goncalves likely to get some rest.

Paulinho and Francisco Trincao are expected to join the attack.

Nuno Santos may complete the front line in their 3-4-3 setup, while Daniel Braganca will likely feature in the midfield alongside Hidemasa Morita or Morten Hjumland.

SC Farense will miss midfielder Jhon Velasquez due to injury, but Rui Costa is expected to feature in an attacking role after his impressive performance in their recent match.

The team’s attacking line will be completed by Marco Matias and Belloumi, with Mattheus Oliveira in midfield alongside Claudio Falcao.

Predicted Lineups

Sporting Lisbon possible starting lineup:

  • Adan;
  • Diomande, St Juste, Inacio;
  • Esgaio, Braganca, Hjumland, Reis;
  • Trincao, Paulinho, Santos

SC Farense possible starting lineup:

  • Velho;
  • Delgado, Silva, Jorge, Talocha;
  • Falcao, Oliveira;
  • Belloumi, Costa, Matias;
  • Duarte

Prediction:

Sporting Lisbon is favored to win this match, even with potential rotations in their lineup. With home advantage, they are expected to secure a three-point haul in the Taca da Liga.

  • Our Prediction: Sporting Lisbon 3-1 SC Farense

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