Sporting Lisbon will be returning into action on Thursday evening to face it up with Varzim in the fourth round of the Taca de Portugal.
While Sporting currently feature towards the top of Primeira Liga standings, Varzim sit second from the bottom in the second tier.
During the back end of August and September, Sporting Lisbon went through a rough period, recording only two wins from six matches, they also suffered back-to-back setbacks in the Champions League.
However, Ruben Amorim’s side have put together an impressive record across their last eight fixtures in all competitions, boosting their chances of silverware on three fronts.
Six successive league wins have moved Sporting Lisbon level on points with leaders Porto, while victories over Besiktas have left their Champions League fate in their own hands.
As it stands, Sporting Lisbon have played just one game in the Taca de Portugal, that tie being played on October 15 when they triumphed 4-0 away at Belenenses.
In total, they have scored 20 goals in eight matches, conceding only three goals and have kept five clean sheets during that period.
As for Varzim, they have performed against the odds to reach this stage of the competition, the Sea Wolves alraedy securing the scalp of a top-tier club.
Despite being denied an an extra-time win over Maritimo, Varzim held their nerve during a penalty shootout to reach the last 32.
However, it does not go without saying that they have endured a difficult campaign, recording just two wins during normal time in 14 outings in all competitions.
On the back of suffering four successive defeats, Varzim bounced back last time out, hitting back from a two-goal deficit to claim a draw at Porto II.
Sporting Lisbon vs Varzim head to head
It does not go without saying that Sporting Lisbon is a better team than Varzim. They have met eight times, where Sporting Lisbon has won five times while Varzim have never won, with three draws. Sporting has collected 18 points against 3 of Varzim.
Varzim 1-3 Sporting Lisbon 13/04/02
Sporting Lisbon 0-0 Varzim 23/09/02
Varzim 1-1 Sporting Lisbon 08/02/03
Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Varzim 26/10/05
Sporting Lisbon 1-0 Varzim 31/12/16
Sporting Lisbon latest home form
Sporting Lisbon are currently in their best form at home. They have won all of their five recent matches at home in all competitions. They have scored nine goals and conceded only one collecting all the 15 points, and kept four clean sheets in the process.
Sporting Lisbon 1-0 Maritimo 24/09/21
Spoting Lisbon 1-0 Moreirense 23/10/21
Sporting Lisbon 2-1 Famalicao 26/10/21
Sporting Lisbon 1-0 Vitoria Guimaraes 30/10/21
Sporting Lisbon 4-0 Besiktas 03/11/21
Sporting Lisbon latest away form
Despite losing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund in UEFA Champions League in September 28, Sporting Lisbon have maintained a stable form away form, winning all the four most recent away games after. They scored 12 goals and conceded 2 in the four.
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sporting Lisbon 28/09/21
Arouca 1-2 Sporting Lisbon 01/10/21
CF Os Belenenses 0-4 Sporting Lisbon 15/10/21
Besiktas 1-4 Sporting Lisbon 19/10/21
Pacos Ferreira 0-2 Sporting Lisbon 07/11/21
Varzim latest home form
Varzim home form recently seems to be very shaken. They have a lot of inconsistency in their performance. In their five most recent matches at home, they have won only two and lost three in all competitions, scoring five goals and conceding ten.
Varzim 0-3 Rio Ave 22/08/21
Varzim 3-1 Estrela 21/09/21
Varzim 2-2 Maritimo 17/10/21
Varzim 0-2 Benfica II 27/10/21
Varzim 0-2 Vilafranquense 31/10/21
Varzim latest away form
Just like their poor form at home, Varzim do not seem to make a difference away from home across all competitions. In their most recent matches, they have only won one, a 2-0 victory over Oleiros in the Taca de Portugal in September 26.
Leixoes 1-1 Varzim 12/09/21
Oleiros 0-2 Varzim 26/09/21
Feirense 2-1 Varzim 03/10/21
Academico Visea 1-0 Varzim 22/10/21
Porto II 2-2 Varzim 07/11/21
Sporting Lisbon news
Goncalo Inacio, Pablo Sarabia, Joao Palhinha and Matheus Nunes may all not be concidered, while Sebastian Coates missed out against Uruguay due to injury. Daniel Braganca and Ruben Vinagre are among those who will hope to be recalled to the team in their absence.
Rodrigo Rego will miss out for Varzim after his dismissal for two yellow cards last time out. Tiago Cerveira or Luis Pedro could be in a good position to be drafted into the centre of the defence in his place heading to the Thursday evening action against Sporting Lisbon.
Prediction and Odds
Despite the alterations that will be made in the Sporting Lisbon first XI, this should be one-way traffic. Varzim will face a huge load of task to deal with on Thursday, which will direct us to predict a most probable win for Sporting, who will most likely dominate the game.
Odds: 1 1.30 X 4.77 2 6.00
Sporting Lisbon 4-1 Varzim
Sporting Lisbon 3-0 Varzim
Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Varzim
Sporting Lisbon 4-0 Varzim
Sporting Lisbon 5-0 Varzim