SPORTING vs. União de Leiria Preview

Sporting look to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat in Romania as they host União de Leiria at the Alvalade.

Manuel Cajuda’s Leiria side currently sit in 11th place having just beaten Vitória Setúbal at home having bounced backs from three defeats in the row. Leiria have won only 1 of their last 10 away matches in the league.

The last time to two teams faced off in Lisbon the game finished in a goalless draw back in March. Sporting have not won at home to Leiria since Liédson and Nani scored in a 2-0 win in a time when Domingos Paciência was the U.D. Leiria manager back in October of 2006.

Os Lis feature three players who have had past experience at Sporting. Rúben Brígido, André Almeida and Marco Soares all spent spells with Sporting in their youth careers.

Sporting’s ten-game winning run has ended with the defeat to Vaslui but in the league the Verde e Brancos have won six games in a row.

Domingos Paciência has some selection issues to contend with. The injury to Fabián Rinaudo means that André Santos, who replaced him in Thursday’s match, is likely to start in his place. Jeffrén Suárez, Ânderson Polga and Emiliano Insúa all missed the trip to Romania but could return to Leiria.

This is the last Sporting game before the international break and it will be important for Sporting to bounce back and regain momentum before the break with a Taça de Portugal game against Braga and the massive game against Benfica after the break.

Possible SPORTING XI:

Rui Patrício

João Pereira – Daniel Carriço – Oguchi Onyewu – Emiliano Insúa

André Santos – Stijn Schaars

André Carrillo – Elias – Diego Capel

Ricky van Wolfswinkel

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