Sporting travel to Averio on Sunday to face Feirense hoping to extend their winning run to 10 games in a row.
The upcoming meeting is the first time the two sides have faced each other since the 1989/1990 season which was Feirense’s last top flight season. The last time two met at Feirense’s Estádio Marcolino de Castro was the 3rd December 1989, with Sporting winning 2-1 on the day. Fernando Gomes opened the scoring that day before Jorge Cadete added a second with José Augusto getting Feirense’s consolation.
This time round with Feirense unable to play at the Estádio Marcolino de Castro they will instead be playing at Beira-Mar’s Estádio Municipal de Aveiro.
Every previous time the sides have met each other (the two sides have met 6 times in total) Sporting have come out, indeed this is only the 4th season in the club’s history in which they have competed in Portugal’s top flight.
Feirense aren’t currently in the best of form, it’s always hard for a promoted team to succeed in the top flight and that is the case for Feirense too. The Fogaceiros have won only once this season a September 11th when they managed a 2-1 win away to Olhanense. So it’s going to be a huge task for Quim Machado’s men to manage a result against a very impressive Sporting team.
Feirense are hoping to have Diogo Rosado, the 21-year old midfielder on loan from Portugal, back after he missed the last game through injury.
Sporting are on a superb run and will be considered huge favourites here and, besides the long term injury of Marat Izmailov, have a virtually full strength squad to give Domingos Paciência a tough task in team selection. With the Europa League qualification all but secured this also means no players have to be rested for this game and Domingos can use the Vaslui game to give fitness to any players in need of it.
The midfield produces selection dilemma still for Sporting with Elias and Matías Fernández both doing well and the problem of having both in the same side. Last time out Matías played on the right hand side but with the explosive impact off the bench of André Carrillo it could be that the Chilean will have to settle for a place on the bench.
While the game may be question of “how many” after Monday’s 6-1 win over Gil Vicente there must still be caution that over-confidence does not become a problem.
Possible SPORTING XI:
João Pereira – Daniel Carriço – Ânderson Polga – Emiliano Insúa
Fabián Rinaudo – Stijn Schaars
André Carrillo – Elias – Diego Capel
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel