In the 29th round of the 2022-23 Primeira Liga season, Vitoria de Guimaraes will play against Sporting Lisbon at Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques. Both teams are in need of a win as the hosts have gone five matches without a victory, while the visitors have only won one of their last five matches in all competitions.
Sporting Lisbon were eliminated from the Europa League after a 1-1 draw against Juventus at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on Thursday. They were unable to overcome the deficit from the first leg, leading to their elimination from the competition.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Vitoria de Guimaraes lost 2-1 against Famalicao at Estadio Municipal de Famalicao, marking their fourth defeat in the last five games.
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Vitoria Guimaraes-Sporting CP match preview
On Monday, Vitoria de Guimaraes will host Sporting Lisbon at Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques in the Primeira Liga. The home team has been on a poor run of form in their recent league games, losing four of their last five matches. Their latest fixture resulted in a 2-1 away defeat against Famalicao, which saw the latter move up to sixth place in the league table.
Sporting Lisbon, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last eight league matches. They drew 1-1 against fifth-placed Arouca in their previous game, with Antony putting Arouca ahead in the first half, but Pedro Gonçalves equalizing with an 87th-minute penalty.
In the Europa League quarter-finals, Sporting Lisbon also drew 1-1 against Juventus, but they were eliminated from the competition by a 2-1 aggregate score.
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The hosts of Monday’s match, Vitoria de Guimaraes, have a strong defensive record at home, ranking third-best in the league, and will need to rely on their defence to secure another positive result in front of their home crowd.
Vitoria Guimaraes possible starting lineup:
Biai; De Freitas, Manu, Tounkara, Miguel; Silva, Andre, Janvier; Jota, Pelegrini, Lameiras
Sporting CP possible starting lineup:
Adan; Matheus, Coates, Diomande; Bellerin, Ugarte, Morita, Santos; Edwards, Trincao, Goncalves
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Vitoria Guimaraes-Sporting CP prediction
Vitoria have failed to score in their last two home games in the Primeira Liga, and they have only managed to beat Sporting once since 2014, which was at home in 2018. However, despite their winless run of five games, they will aim to perform better at home.
Sporting are undefeated in their last eight games against the hosts and come into the game with a six-match unbeaten run in their away fixtures. They have kept three clean sheets in their last five away matches.
Given the hosts’ poor form and Sporting’s recent away record, it is anticipated that the visitors will come out on top.
Prediction: Vitoria Guimaraes 1 -3 Sporting CP
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Date, kick-off time, venue
The match between Vitoria SC Guimaraes and Sporting Lisbon will be played in the Dom Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes, at 12:45 am IST.