Pacos de Ferreira vs Sporting Lisbon Match Analysis & Prediction
07/05/2023 10:30 pm
After ending their three-game losing run last time out, Pacos de Ferreira will seek to make it back-to-back victories when they host Sporting Lisbon on Sunday, as they resume their late push from the Primeira Liga danger zone.
Meanwhile, the visitors are on course to make it three successive league victories this weekend and continue their race for a Champions League ticket.
With 20 points from 30 matches, Pacos Ferreira currently sit four points above bottom-placed Santa Clara and two points adrift of 16th-placed Maritimo in the relegation playoff spot.
However, Cesar Peixoto’s side did manage to secure a crucial victory away at Vizela last weekend, through goals from Nicolas Gaitan and Paulo Bernardo, after previously falling to defeats against Famalicao, Maritimo and Porto, picking up just two points from their five previous matches since a 1-0 victoriy over Santa Clara on March 11.
That win ended a three-game losing streak for Pacos Ferreira, but they are now met with the challenge of facing a Sporting Lisbon side who have the fourth-best away record in the division.
Sporting claimed a 2-1 victory over Famalicao last time out, courtesy of goals from Hidemasa Morita and Ricardo Esgaio before Sebastian Coates’ own goal made it a nervy finale.
After Sunday’s victory, Sporting are now unbeaten in 10 league matches, with their last defeat coming against rivals Porto on February 12, recording eight wins and two draws in that time.
With 64 points from 30 matches, the Lions are currently fourth in the Primeira Liga standings, seven points behind third-placed Braga in the final Champions League qualifying playoff spot.
Ruben Amorim will be confident his side can keep the pressure on Braga as they have the fourth-best away record in division as aforementioned, picking up 27 points from 15 matches.
Pacos de Ferreira vs. Sporting Lisbon Head to head
In the 46 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Pacos Ferreira have claimed eight victories while Sporting Lisbon have won 31, and they have drawn in seven. Sporting have scored 82 goals and conceded 33 in the process.
12/12/2020Sporting Lisbon3Pacos Ferreira0Taca de Portugal
15/02/2021Sporting Lisbon2Pacos Ferreira0Primeira Liga
07/11/2021Pacos Ferreira0Sporting Lisbon2Primeira Liga
03/04/2022Sporting Lisbon2Pacos Ferreira0Primeira Liga
30/12/2022Sporting Lisbon3Pacos Ferreira0Primeira Liga
Pacos de Ferreira Team News
Scottish midfielder Jordan Holsgrove will return from suspension for Pacos Ferreira after his dismissal against Porto on April 22.
Nicolas Gaitan, Luiz Carlos and Paulo Bernardo are expected to start in the midfield once again.
Pacos de Ferreira's Last 5 Matches
01/04/2023Vitoria Guimaraes0Pacos Ferreira0Primeira Liga
08/04/2023Pacos Ferreira1Famalicao3Primeira Liga
15/04/2023Maritimo3Pacos Ferreira1Primeira Liga
22/04/2023Pacos Ferreira0Porto2Primeira Liga
29/04/2023Vizela1Pacos Ferreira2Primeira Liga
Sporting Lisbon Team News
Sporting Lisbon remain without the attacking duo of Paulinho, who has missed four weeks of action through injury, and Jovane Cabral, who suffered a muscle injury in February.
Jeremiah St Juste has missed the last four matches after picking up a thigh injury in the Europa League tie with Juventus on April 13.
Sporting Lisbon's Last 5 Matches
13/04/2023Juventus1Sporting Lisbon0Europa League
16/04/2023Sporting Lisbon1Arouca1Primeira Liga
20/04/2023Sporting Lisbon1Juventus1Europa League
24/04/2023Vitoria Guimaraes0Sporting Lisbon2Primeira Liga
30/04/2023Sporting Lisbon2Famalicao1Primeira Liga
Pacos de Ferreira vs. Sporting Lisbon: Odds and Predictions
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