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Jan 15, 2021 at 6.30pm UK
Sporting LisbonSporting Lisbon
1-1
Rio AveRio Ave
Goncalves (42')
Plata (7'), Mario (24'), Tabata (87')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Gelson (61')
Amaral (15'), Coentrao (25'), Tarantini (69'), Gabrielzinho (69'), Rodrigues (83'), Pereira (90+4')
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Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs. Rio Ave - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs. Rio Ave - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Friday's Primeira Liga clash between Sporting Lisbon and Rio Ave, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Leaders Sporting Lisbon play host to Rio Ave on Friday evening looking to extend their unbeaten record in Primeira Liga to 14 matches.

Meanwhile, the visitors head into this contest having ended a lengthy winless streak with a dominant victory over Portimonense, moving the club back into mid-table.


Match preview

Having had to play their fixture at Nacional a day later than planned and being eliminated from the Taca de Portugal, it has been a testing time for the Sporting first-team squad.

While there was relief when they shook off the weather delay to see off Nacional, the disruption played its part in Sporting suffering a 2-0 defeat to Maritimo in the cup on Monday night.

The setback ended a 15-game unbeaten streak for Ruben Amorim's side, and the Sporting boss now faces the test of rousing his players on their return to league action.

With Porto and Benfica facing each other, Amorim knows that there is an opportunity to strengthen their position in the top two as the season nears the midway point.

Nuno Santos got on the scoresheet in the last league fixture, ending a two-month wait for his fourth top-flight goal of the campaign.

Only a week ago, Rio Ave were down at the lower end of the table having recorded just two points from a six-game spell since the start of November.

However, the 3-0 triumph over Portimonense has lifted the club into 10th position, easing the pressure on manager Mario Silva.

Vilacondenses remain eighth points adrift of fifth - their minimum target for the season, having earned a spot in the Europa League qualifying rounds earlier this year.

That said, sitting just three points above bottom-placed Famalicao, Silva and his squad will be solely motivated on ensuring that they do not become embroiled in a relegation battle during the first part of 2021.

Sporting Lisbon Primeira Liga form: WDWWWW
Sporting Lisbon form (all competitions): WWWWWL

Rio Ave Primeira Liga form: LDLLLW
Rio Ave form (all competitions): WLLLWL


Team News

Having rotated his squad for the cup tie with Maritimo, Sporting boss Amorim will recall a number of players to his starting lineup.

Adan, Sebastian Coates, Joao Mario and Pedro Goncalves should all come back into the first XI.

Silva made fewer alterations for Rio Ave's meeting with Estoril, a game which ended in a surprise 2-1 defeat.

Nevertheless, given the level of their performance against Portimonense, Silva may be prepared to go with the team which started that fixture.

Manchester City loanee Ryotaro Meshino should start for the third match in succession after netting during that encounter.

Sporting Lisbon possible starting lineup:
Adan; Neto, Coates, Feddal; Porro, Joao Mario, Palhinha, Mendes; Goncalves, Santos; Sporar

Rio Ave possible starting lineup:
Kieszek; Pinto, Borevkovic, Santos, Amaral; Pele, Tarantini; Meshino, Geraldes, Mane; Dala


We say: Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Rio Ave

On the back of their recent league win, Rio Ave will be confident of causing an upset with little pressure on their shoulders. However, despite the quick turnaround for Sporting after their cup defeat, we expect the home side to get back on track in their search for silverware.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data



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Primeira Liga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Lisbon1411303192236
2Benfica14102229141532
3Porto14102236171932
4Braga149052315827
5Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira147431912725
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes126241512320
7TondelaTondela144371323-1015
8Rio AveRio Ave143651016-615
9Santa ClaraSanta Clara134361216-415
10MoreirenseMoreirense133551015-514
11Maritimo134271518-314
12Nacional123451115-413
13Gil Vicente133461015-513
14SC FarenseFarense133371519-412
15BelenensesBelenenses13265611-512
16FamalicaoFamalicao132561424-1011
17BoavistaBoavista141851424-1011
18PortimonensePortimonense13328917-811
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1Manchester UnitedMan Utd17113334241036
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3Liverpool1796237211633
4Manchester CityMan City1695225131232
5Everton1710252821732
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs1786330161430
7Chelsea1885533211229
8Southampton188552621529
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham188552521429
10Aston Villa1582529161326
11Arsenal187382019124
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace186572229-723
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle175481827-919
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
17Burnley17449922-1316
18Fulham172691425-1112
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1825111441-2711
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd181215929-205
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