Sporting host local rivals Belenenses in the Taça de Portugal this Monday knowing that should they win they will face Marítimo (who knocked out Benfica on Friday) on the 21st December.
José Mota’s Belenenses come off a very poor run of results having lost four of their last five games in all competitions having been beaten 1-0 at home to Naval in their last game.
The last time the two teams faced each other in the taça was back in May 2007, when Jorge Jesus was manager, Sporting won that day with a 1-0 win thanks to Liédson. Indeed, the last the two teams met in all competitions was March 2010 in a game in which Liédson scored an impressive four goals.
Domingos Paciência said before the game that he will be looking to “take the game seriously” a point made evident when you consider the his squad that he has chosen – all first team players.
The team also features André Carrillo returning after he missed the 2-0 win over FC Zurich due to injury. André Martins had an incredibly impressive game against the Swiss side and it will be interesting to see if Domingos decides to retain faith in the youngster.
Full Sporting squad:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: Daniel Carriço, Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, Santiago Arias, João Pereira, Emiliano Insúa
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Diego Capel, Bruno Pereirinha, André Santos, André Martins, Elias
Forwards: Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Valeri Bojinov, André Carrillo, Diego Rubio
Knowing that both Benfica and Porto are already out of the competition Sporting are heavy favourites to go on and win it. Especially with the fact that the only Primeira Liga sides left in the competition are Marítimo, Olhanense, Nacional and Académica.
Possible SPORTING XI:
João Pereira – Ânderson Polga – Oguchi Onyewu – Evaldo Fabiano
Stijn Schaars – André Santos – André Martins
Valeri Bojinov – Ricky van Wolfswinkel – Diego Capel