Sporting Lisbon and Gil Vicente clash at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on Friday when they go head to head in round eight of the Portuguese Primeira Liga with kickoff at 9 pm.
Sporting Lisbon fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Boavista when the sides squared off at the Estadio do Bessa two Saturdays ago.
Sporting Lisbon, despite being under the cosh for most of the game and seeing less than 30% of the ball possession, summer signing Bruno Lourenco scored either side of Marcus Edwards’s 55th-minute strike to hand the hosts all three points.
Before that, Sporting had been on a four-game winning streak across all competitions — a run which saw them climb to the top of Group D of the Champions League courtesy of victories over Eintracht Frankfurt and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively.
Gil Vicente, meanwhile, has been struggling at home. A fortnight ago against Rio Ave, they conceded two goals after taking a 2-0 lead. Fran Navarro and Murilo de Souza scored to force a draw.
Gil Vicente haven’t won at home since a 4-0 victory over Riga FC in the Conference League qualifier on August 11th. They’ve only picked up two draws and lost twice since then.
Sporting Lisbon vs. Gil Vicente Head to Head
Both sides have 17 games against each other, with hosts taking 14 wins while visitors with 2 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Boavista 2-1 Sporting CP
- Sporting CP 2-0 Tottenham
- Sporting CP 4-0 Portimonense
- Frankfurt 0-3 Sporting CP
- Gil Vicente 2-2 Rio Ave
- CS Maritimo 1-2 Gil Vicente
- Gil Vicente 0-2 FC Porto
- FC Vizela 2-2 Gil Vicente
Sporting Lisbon Team News
Sporting Lisbon will be without their defensive duo of Jeremiah St. Juste and Sebastian Coates. Both sidelined with hamstring injuries. Twenty-four-year-old forward Jovane Cabral has been out of action since June, while Portuguese international Luis Neto is set to sit out his third consecutive game through injury.
Gil Vicente Team News
On the injury front, Gil Vicente will have to cope without goalkeeper Brian Araujo, who picked up a straight red while on the substitutes’ bench against Rio Ave last time out. They will also be without summer signing Lucas Barros, who awaits his debut after sustaining an injury while in action for Covilha back in May.
Prediction and Odds
Sporting Lisbon will look to bounce back from their surprise loss against Boavista when they head into Friday’s clash.
- Home Win
- Both Teams to Score
- Goals Over 3.5