SL Benfica – Sporting Lisbon – big derby of the Portuguese football and a big derby, the same title this time there and when you look at the primary table on which the Benfica first two points clear of Sporting, which is the second. They did it again Porto left behind on the table, but this match is still included in the dumps. Benfica for two reasons, because in the last round unexpectedly lost at Maritima and it was their first league win, and then they lost and of Napoli in the Champions League, so will the other place in the next round. Sporting in the last round expected celebrated at home, but on Wednesday they lost to the Legion in the Champions League and it is meant to lose the third position to continue the competition in the European League. Last season Sporting as a guest outclassed Benfica 3: 0, and then Benfica hit back with 1: 0th Start: 11.12.2016. – 18:00 CET
Benfica lost two successive matches and given that it does not happen often, of course, that includes alarm bells ahead of the city derby, because a new defeat could not possibly afford, especially because it means the loss of the first places. It was the same on Tuesday when they welcome Napoli in the Champions League and the pressure was great, and the victory meant a passage into the next round and that the first place. They did not respond well to the task and fortunately Besiktas completely failed in Kiev, because otherwise lost the Champions League, as they were defeated with 2: 1.
Last weekend they lost the same result with Maritima and therefore they Sporting approached on only two points. Vitoria coach after this defeat did not make a lot of changes and it is surprising that only striker Mitroglou remained on the bench, but played the Jimenez in attack with Guedes. Guedes was the scorer of the goal against Maritimo, and Jimenez scored by Napoli, but now we expect Mitroglou in attack. It is still sidelined Jonas and side players Grimaldo and Eliseu, as well as midfielder Horta.
Probable lineups Benfica: Ederson – Semedo, Luisao, Lindelof, Almeida – Pizzi, Fejsa, Salvio, Cervi – Guedes, Mitroglou
Perhaps the team Sporting even more shaken after unexpectedly in the week ended their European adventure for this season. Somehow i could get over the fact that they lost their eighth Champions League final in the competition Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, although all four games against the rival played very well and all were minimal defeat. Other consolation that can at least to the third place and for that they needed at least a point from trips to the Legion, but was followed by a fifth minimal defeat but remained fourth and forgive yourself.
It remains consolation to the championship with seven consecutive games without defeat and that after the triumph against Setubal in the last round, the city rivals closer to just two points behind and with three consecutive victories without conceding a goal come to hosting in the hope that they can repeat last season, when they won 3: 0th It’s hard to expect, especially since certainly has and fatigue due to long and difficult away games. Coach Jesus is not too much changed squad for roaming in Poland, because the game was important and now this also could suffer. He returns to Pereira J. on the starboard side, because he could not play because of suspension and the dilemma between B.RUIZ and Markovic in midfield.
Probable lineups Sporting: Patricio – Pereira J., Coates, R.Semedo, Zeegelaar – W.Carvalho, A.SILVA – G.Martins, B.RUIZ, B.CESAR – Avail