Two teams at opposite ends of the Portuguese Primeira Liga table clash as Sporting Lisbon host Boavista on Tuesday, threatened with relegation.
The hosts only need one win to be crowned league champions and would love to do so this week at the José Alvalade Stadium. During this time, visitors will seek to cause an upheaval and exit the drop zone.
Sporting Lisbon Last time came closer to the league title, beating Rio Ave 2-0 at Estádio dos Arcos.
Pedro Goncalves opened the scoring from the penalty spot shortly after half an hour before Paulinho doubled his lead in the second half.
Rúben Amorim’s men have won three games on the spin and remain unbeaten since the start of the year. With Port do not beat Benfica, the Lions have now extended their lead at the top of the standings to eight points.
Meanwhile, Boavista failed in his attempt to end his winless run as he played a 1-1 draw with Tondela.
CDT Auriverdes have failed to win in each of their last four games, dating back to a 2-0 victory over Pacos de Ferreira on April 16.
With 30 points in 31 games, Boavista is currently in playoff relegation, one point off safety.
Sporting Lisbon vs Boavista head to head
With 22 victories in their last 32 meetings, Sporting Lisbon have been the top team in the history of this meeting. Boavista only managed three wins, while seven games ended every square.
Sporting Lisbon are undefeated in their last 14 games, with Boavista highlighting his dominance in that game. Their last meeting was in January at the Estádio do Bessa, where the Lions won a comfortable 2-0 victory.
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Sporting Lisbon vs Boavista team news
Sporting Lisbon have no injury or suspension issues, which means head coach Rúben Amorim has the luxury of a full squad at his disposal. Goncalo Inacio is also available for selection after serving his suspension last week.
Boavista has a clean health check without any suspension issues. We expect manager Jesualdo Ferreira to name his best starting lineup for this meeting.
Sporting Lisbon vs Boavista Predicted XI
Sporting Lisbon Predicted XI (3-5-2): Antonio Adan; Zouhair Feddal, Sebastian Coates, Luis Neto; Nuno Mendes, Pedro Concalves, Joao Palhinha, Joao Mario, Pedro Porro; Paulinho, Jovane Cabral
Boavista Predicted XI (4-3-3): Leo Jardim; Ricardo Mangas, Christian Devenish, Chidozie Awaziem, Reggie Cannon; Nuno Santos, Javi Garcia, Paulinho; Alberth Elis, Angel Gomes, Gustavo Sauer
Prediction Sporting Lisbon vs Boavista
Sporting Lisbon have had an excellent campaign so far. They have been undefeated in the league since the start of the year and are well on their way to winning their first league title in two decades. In contrast, the visitors have had a horrible season and are at risk of falling into the second tier.
We expect the hosts to claim victory to clinch the league title and extend their dominance over Jesualdo Ferreira’s side.
Prediction: Sporting Lisbon 3-0 Boavista