Sporting have a good opportunity to bounce back form last weekend’s defeat to Braga when they take on Liga de Honra side Moreirense at home in Taça da Liga.
It’s been a long time since the two clubs have faced each other in a competitive game as Moreirense were relegated from the Primeira Liga back in 2005 and the two sides haven’t met since.
The last time the two sides did face each other was back in April 2005 when Sporting were 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Roudolphe Douala, Ricardo Sá Pinto and Liédson. The club was also the first side that Cristiano Ronaldo scored against in his footballing career.
After a bad run off form lately this game against a lower division side should prove to be the perfect tonic to restore confidence and to get back to winning ways.
In actuality a win is absolutely essential as far as the Taça da Liga goes, Sporting drew the opening game 1-1 with Rio Ave meaning Gil Vicente (who Sporting will play in their final Taça da Liga group game) are currently top after beating Moreirense 3-1 in the first round.
Domingos Paciência’s team selection could be interesting. After giving Sebastián Ribas his debut last weekend it could be that with Ricky van Wolfswinkel still recovering that Valeri Bojinov or even perhaps Diego Rubio start the game.
André Carrillo may well return to the starting line up after it was Emiliano Insúa playing in his role in the last game. André Santos may also be hopeful to finally return to action after being excluded for the squad for the past few games.
Marcelo Boeck was the hero for Sporting in the Rio Ave game so it would be no surprise to see him take the place of Rui Patrício for this one as well.
Possible SPORTING XI:
João Pereira – Oguchi Onyewu – Alberto Rodríguez – Emiliano Insúa
Stijn Schaars – Elias – Matías Fernández
André Carrillo – Sebastián Ribas – Diego Capel