Sporting Lisbon vs. Estoril Praia

Sporting Lisbon vs. Estoril Praia Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

Kicking off the Primeira Liga action for 2024, Sporting Lisbon is set to clash against Estoril Praia at Estadio Jose Alvalade on Friday evening.

Sporting Lisbon sits comfortably at the top of the league standings with 37 points from 15 matches, while Estoril Praia currently holds the ninth position with 17 points over the same number of games.

Match Preview

Sporting Lisbon enters the match in a commanding position, ending 2023 as league leaders and performing well across various competitions.

With a 2-1 win over Portimonense in their last game, they extended their winning streak to four matches in all competitions.

Under Ruben Amorim’s management, Sporting has showcased a potent attacking force, scoring 32 goals in 15 league matches, and maintaining an impressive run of scoring two or more goals in each of their last six games.

Viktor Gyokeres has been a standout performer, netting 11 goals for the team.

Sporting Lisbon holds a dominant record against Estoril Praia, winning their last four encounters without conceding a goal.

The team aims to maintain this strong form and consolidate their lead in the league standings.

Estoril Praia, on the other hand, had a solid performance in the first half of the season, starting the year in the top half of the league standings. They are still active in domestic cup competitions, showcasing resilience and determination.

With a convincing 4-0 win over Farense in their previous fixture, Vasco Seabra’s side displayed their attacking prowess.

However, they have struggled to replicate the same goal-scoring form in away matches compared to their home games.

Team News

Sporting Lisbon could witness Jerry St Juste’s return from injury, but a starting position might be early for him.

Sebastian Coates and Ivan Fresneda remain sidelined due to injuries, while several players are away on international duty.

Estoril Praia might see Erick Cabaco returning to the squad after training with the team, likely making the bench.

Joao Marques, with five goals this season, is expected to lead the attacking line alongside Rafik Guitane and Cassiano.

Predicted Lineups

Sporting Lisbon: (3-6-1

Adan;

Neto, Matheus, Quaresma;

Goncalves, Trincao, Braganca, Santos, Paulinho, Edwards;

Gyokeres

Estoril Praia: (3-4-3)

Carne;

Parra, Vital, Alvaro;

Gomes, Holsgrove, Fernandes, Araujo;

Guitane, Cassiano, Marques

Prediction: Sporting Lisbon 2-1 Estoril Praia

Sporting Lisbon boasts a perfect home record this season and has displayed consistent scoring form.

Estoril Praia has improved but may struggle to match the host’s offensive strength. We predict Sporting Lisbon to secure a narrow win in this encounter.

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