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The Primeira Liga clash at Estádio José Alvalade on Saturday will see home side Sporting Lisbon ready themselves for the visit of Nacional.
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Sporting Lisbon, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-1 Primeira Liga success against Braga.
In that match, Sporting Lisbon managed 30% possession and 5 attempts at goal with 1 on target. The only player to score for Sporting Lisbon was Matheus Nunes (81'). On the other side, SC Braga got 17 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target.
Their latest results show that much respect should be given to the Sporting Lisbon backline. Sportinguistas have been mean at the back, with the number of goals that have gone in at their end during their previous 6 games standing at 4.
Looking at their past form shows that Sporting Lisbon:
- are unbeaten in the league by Nacional in their last 15 matches. A very long unbeaten run against them.
- are undefeated in their last 23 league matches at home. An amazing run.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league matches.
Nacional go into this match after a 1-0 Primeira Liga win with the downing of Vitória Guimarães in their last fixture.
In that game, Nacional had 32% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Nacional was Pedro Mendes (7'). Vitória Guimarães had 6 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
The forward players for Nacional have had real problems scoring goals over their last 6 encounters, recording the poor return of just 4. In those fixtures, Os Alvinegros have also seen the collective goal tally against them equal 15. It will be interesting to find out whether or not that trend will be sustained into this next match.
Their prior results show that Nacional:
- have not emerged victorious against Sporting Lisbon when they've played them away from home in the last 13 league games. A truly shameful run of away results.
- have not won away from home in their last 5 league games.
Head to head
An inspection of past results between these clubs stretching back to 13/02/2016 shows that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for Nacional. They have not managed to get any wins whatsoever whereas Sporting Lisbon have been the better of the two, beating them in 83 per cent of those games played.
A total of 16 goals were produced between them in this period, with 14 of them for Sportinguistas and 2 for Os Alvinegros. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.67.
The previous league encounter between these sides was Primeira Liga match day 13 on 08/01/2021 and the score finished Nacional 0-2 Sporting Lisbon.
That day, Nacional had 42% possession and 6 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
On the other side, Sporting Lisbon had 24 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Nuno Santos (43') and Jovane Cabral (90') scored.
The match was refereed by Manuel Mota.
Team News: Sporting Lisbon
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Sporting Lisbon gaffer Rúben Amorim to contend with from an otherwise fully-primed group of players. Tabata (Knee Injury) misses out.
Team News: Nacional
Nacional manager Manuel Machado has to currently contend with reduced team options. Daniel Guimarães (Cancer) and Witi (Unknown Injury) miss out here.
We’re inclined to think that Sporting Lisbon will, in all likelihood, stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
At the other end, Nacional may well struggle to find the back of the net but do we see them pulling one back during this clash, too.
We’re therefore anticipating a fairly comfortable 3-1 margin for Sporting Lisbon at full-time.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade (50,095)
Captain: Sebastián Coates
Chairman: Frederico Varandas
Manager: Rúben Amorim
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 1, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
⭐ Star Player: Nuno Santos
Customarily playing in the Right Wing position, Nuno Santos was born in Trofa, Portugal. After having made a senior debut playing for Benfica in the 2015 - 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has scored 6 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 27 appearances.