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  • January 7, 2012
  • • 20:15
  • • Estádio José Alvalade, Lisboa
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
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Portuguese Liga Preview: Sporting CP v Porto

Portuguese Liga Preview: Sporting CP v Porto

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The Estadio de Alvalade club are determined to take maximum points against their domestic rivals in order to remain in the race for the league title


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

SPORTING CP

Rui Patricio
J. Pereira, Polga, Onyewu, Insua
A. Santos
Elias, Schaars
Carrillo, Wolfswinkel, Capel

PORTO


Helton
Maicon, Otamendi, Rolando, A. Pereira
 Fernando

Moutinho, Belluschi
Hulk, Kleber, Djalma


Sporting coach Domingos Paciencia has received positive news from the club's infirmary as Jeffren Suarez has recovered from a thigh problem. Marat Izmailov has been deemed fully fit but he is expected to start the match on the bench, while Daniel Carrico and Alberto Rodriguez are still nursing injuries. Renato Neto is the only one of the three players signed by Sporting in January who has made the squad for the match.

Porto's Vitor Pereira is confident of being able to use Djalma for the match despite the 24-year-old having been called up to represent Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations. Apart from Emidio Rafael, the Portuguese coach has a fully-fit squad to choose from.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sporting sit third in the Portuguese Liga table, six points off the summit.
  • Os Leoes have not won the league title since 2001-02.

  • The Lisbon-based club were held to a 1-1 draw by Academica de Coimbra in their last league match, which was their second stalemate in the competition this season.

  • Porto have clinched 25 league titles, exactly seven more than Sporting and seven fewer than Benfica.
  • Vitor Pereira's side have the best attack in the league, with 32 goals scored, and the joint best defence, with eight goals conceded.

  • Sporting coach Domingos Paciencia played 22 matches for Porto against the club he now coaches, scoring eight goals.

  • The Estadio de Alvalade outfit inflicted Porto their last league defeat, on February 28 2010, with Os Leoes picking up a 3-0 home victory.

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Available Squads
1Rui PatricioGoalkeeper
4PolgaDefender
5Oguchi OnyewuDefender
12João PereiraDefender
22Emiliano Insúa Defender
8Stijn SchaarsMidfielder
11Diego CapelMidfielder
-Renato NetoMidfielder
7EliasMidfielder
17Ricky van WolfswinkelStriker
18A. CarrilloStriker
12Marcelo BoeckGoalkeeper
22EvaldoDefender
15S. AriasDefender
-Marat Nailevich IzmailovStriker
14Mati FernándezMidfielder
28André MartinsMidfielder
29Valeri BojinovStriker
1HeltonGoalkeeper
4Maicon Pereira RoqueDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
14RolandoDefender
-Nicolás OtamendiDefender
5Fernando BelluschiMidfielder
-Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
25FernandoMidfielder
11Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
14DjalmaStriker
29HulkStriker
-Rafael BracalliGoalkeeper
-Eliaquim MangalaDefender
-Alex SandroDefender
28James RodríguezMidfielder
-SouzaMidfielder
-Steven DefourMidfielder
-KléberStriker
Players to Watch
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Dutchman has only scored one goal in the last four matches but still remains Sporting's biggest attacking threat. After missing some easy chances in the last games, he is determined to prove his scoring credentials.
Hulk
Hulk
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The powerful striker is the top provider in the league and joint third in the competition's scoring charts. He can turn the match around if given the opportunity, soSporting's backline will have to be fully alert at all times.
Prediction
Sporting have been in good form of late and come into this game knowing that anything but a win will seriously put their title chances in doubt. Porto have not yet tasted defeat in the league, but they will have to work hard to take points from this very difficult trip to a fully-packed Estadio de Alvalade.
Editor's Prediction
Porto 1

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