Sporting CP vs Marítimo Preview 24/09/2021
Reigning Liga NOS champions Sporting Lisbon host Maritimo on Friday at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. The Lions are unbeaten in the league this season and four points off of first-place Benfica.
Coach Ruben Amorim’s team is coming off of a 1-0 win over Estoril. The victory ended a three-game winless run in all competitions getting the side back to winning ways.
Maritimo sit 11th in the Liga NOS standings. Julio Velazquez Santiago’s team has struggled this season in the league tallying a mere one win. Maritimo go into the game on Friday night just three points above the relegation zone.
The team could end the weekend in the bottom three with a loss and results going against them. Maritimo have scored just six goals in six games while conceding eight scores to opponents.
Sporting Lisbon won both matches between these sides in the league last season. The Lions outscored Maritimo 7-1 over the course of 180 minutes of football. This season, Sporting Lisbon have posted a +7-goal difference over the course of six games with 10 goals for and three against.
Sporting Lisbon talisman Pedro Goncalves is ruled out of game following an injury. Goncalo Inccio was injured in the team’s 5-1 loss to Ajax in the Champions League last week and will remain out of action.
Maritimo are without Stefano Beltrame. He fractured a collarbone last season and has not returned to action. Striker Joel Tagueu remains out of action after suffering an injury on opening day of the season.
Although Maritimo lost back-to-back games to start the season, they are unbeaten in four of their last five games in Liga NOS. Away from home the team has posted a record of 1W-1D-1L scoring three goals and allowing three.
Goncalves leads Sporting Lisbon in goals with three in four league matches. He is ruled out of the game and Amorim will need the team’s other attacking players to step up in the final third. Midfielder Joao Palhinha has tallied two goals while Ricardo Esgaio has two assists.
Maritimo are led in goals by Iranian forward Ali Alipour. The 25-year-old has two goals in six appearances along with one assist. Vitor Costa has two assists in five games.
Sporting Lisbon are unbeaten in the league and playing well domestically. The Lions are just four points off of first-place Benfica and could pull closer in the standings. Sporting Lisbon should claim a win against Maritimo for the third straight meeting.
The Lions average just 1.75 goals at home in all competitions. They should get the win and see under 2.5 goals in the game. Sporting Lisbon should post a win to nil at home.