Belenenses will entertain league leaders Sporting of their Portuguese Primeira Liga fixture on Sunday night.
Sporting are the only undefeated team in the Portuguese top-flight this season and have a two-point benefit over fierce rivals Benfica, whereas the hosts are within the 10th place with 11 points to their name.
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Belenenses vs Sporting Head-to-Head
The 2 clubs have met 52 instances since 1990. Sporting have been hugely dominant in this fixture, winning 38 games, while the hosts have solely been victorious 5 times against the Lisbon giants. 9 encounters between the 2 sides have ended in draws.
The guests are on a five-game winning streak against the hosts and recorded their biggest win within the fixture of their trip to the Estádio Nacional in 2019, beating Belenenses 8-1 within the 2019-20 campaign.
Belenenses vs Sporting Team News
Belenenses have a few injury concerns as defenders Gonçalo Silva, Eduardo Kau, Chima Akas and Nilton Varela look set to miss out due to injuries.
Manager Petit will also be without goalkeeper Stanislav Kritsyuk and defender Thibang Phete, with the pair suspended for the visit of Sporting.
🇿🇦 | Thibang Phete (26) was red carded in the 90+7 minute while 🇿🇦 Sphephelo Sithole (21) lasted 86 minute for Belenenses SAD as they lost 1-0 against Maritimo in 🇵🇹 Portugal: Primeira Liga encounter pic.twitter.com/MsdRGF58Xi
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Injuries: Gonçalo Silva, Eduardo Kau, Chima Akas, Nilton Varela
Suspensions: Stanislav Kritsyuk, Thibang Phete
The league leaders can be with out defender Stefan Ristovski, who must play with the B group earlier than being reinstated into the main team. Striker Jovane Cabral is a doubt after he resumed partial coaching earlier this week.
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Injuries: Stefan Ristovski
Doubtful: Jovane Cabral
Belenenses vs Sporting Predicted XI
Belenenses Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Andre Moreira; Tomas Ribeiro, Henrique, Diogo Calila; Ruben Lima, Afonso Taira, Caue da Silva, Tiago Esgaio; Silvestre Varela, Miguel Cardoso; Mateo Cassierra
Sporting Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Antonio Adan; Luis Neto, Sebastian Coates, Zouhair Feddal; Vitorino Antunes, Joao Palhinha, Joao Mario, Pedro Porro; Nuno Santos, Mattheus Nunes; Pedro Gonçalves
Belenenses vs Sporting Prediction
Sporting have had a really strong begin to their Primeira Liga 2020-21 campaign and are unbeaten within the 10 games so far. They’ve scored 24 targets and conceded just seven instances, which is the joint-best defensive record within the league.
Belenenses have also conceded just seven times however have struggled in entrance of purpose, making the web bulge simply 5 instances in ten outings. They’ll must depend on their defensive solidity towards the leaders but have their common goalkeeper suspended for the game and a host of defenders ineligible as nicely.
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Prediction: Belenenses 0-2 Sporting