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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old September 6th, 2005, 18:02 Thread Starter
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Matchday 3: Sporting CP - SL Benfica

Benfica have the chance to make the bad start forgotten this weekend by beating city rivals Sporting away.
The match will be held at last years UEFA-cup-final host Alvalade XXI, home-stadium of Sporting. Benfica gained 3 vital points there back in 2004 on their way to the vice-championship taht year but lost to Sporting in last seasons away derby.
Sporting, having won their first two SuperLiga-matches, look like being in better shape then Benfica at the start of the season, but they also seemed in good shape at the closing of the last season just before Benfica beat them 1:0 on their way to the championship.
With Karagounis and Miccoli newly signed Koeman will have to make changes which will probably see club-icons such as Nuno Gomes or Manuel Fernandes out of the line-up. Here's my guess:

GK Moreira

RB João Pereira
DC Luisão
DC Ricardo Rocha
LB Leo

DM Petit

OM Beto
OM Karagounis

RF Geovanni
SC Miccoli
LF Simão




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post #2 of 91 (permalink) Old September 6th, 2005, 18:06
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the odds are on sporting side which means that as usual we will have to win

my biggest doubt would be on defense, which CBs to pick.....

anyways my line up would be:


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nelson - luisão - ricardo rocha - leo *

       petit  - manuel fernandes

                 miccoli

 karagounis - nuno gomes - simao


* (if he is in shape, if not i would pick ricardo rocha and put anderson next to luisao, since i didnt like at all dos santos performance last game)

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IS going to be hard for Sporting with all the injurys (I still don´t know what the **** is that medical department doing...), but benfica is kinda weak this year. I guess We have chances.

If I get it right: koeman is going to be fired after the 5th game! loses with sporting, a draw in the next one (or a suffered win) then a draw or lost in the other one.. and it´s out! lol
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Sporting will choke...as always...i'm expecting a draw or a narrow win for Benfica
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Ye learned from history I see but usually what you expect happens at the end of a season in decisive games ... in the first derby of the year Sporting use to look better and not seldomly have the better outcome, so I have the same fears as you, mate, but to the other direction

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It's good for us that we're facing the big clubs away in the first round. If we manage to stay near the top by the end of the first round, our chances increase on the second.

I think it's a good game for Miccoli since we'll play in counter-attack, and his speed can be decisive. Still, if he does play, it's his first game and his contribution might not be exactly brilliant.

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A draw is not an option for us. We have started out the season with a draw and a loss; another draw would be devastating...

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I'm not exactly concerned about the result. Of course that it's very important, but what i want to see are improvements from game to game.
I think that Koeman has a very good set of players and has everything to make us play great football and achieve something important in the CL.
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i really really hope we win..a loss would put us 8 pts behind first place

i agree its still very early, but lets face it, its a 2 defeats and a draw behind, its quite heavy for a start....

im nervous but confident we will make it

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seems like petit may be really missing the derby due to injury...that would make the coach's decision on the midfield easier.

also, since karagounis hasn't really been able to train properly, i think he won't be starting...

soo, this would be my revised line-up


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nelson - luisão - ricardo rocha - leo *

       beto  - manuel fernandes

                 miccoli

geovanni - nuno gomes - simao

from geovanni's latest performances , i might actually bench him and play karyaka on the left, with simao on the right , BUT geovanni seems to do rather well versus sporting ( ) , so i think he could start afterall

* provided he is ready,although something tells me we will have ricardo rocha doing the left again :rollani:

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the poll looks hilarious
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anyways these are the stats from the derby at sportings stadium, in the last 67 years:

sporting's win:27
draw:14
benfica's win: 26

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post #17 of 91 (permalink) Old September 10th, 2005, 19:30
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You have a good squad over there . Im suprised Miccoli signed for you guys really suprised. I rate him very high and although Benfica is a good name in Europe i expected him to join a bigger side.

However good luck against Sporting it would be a good game to watch. Unfortunately i would not.
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Moreira;
Anderson, Luisão, Ricardo Rocha;
João Pereira, Karagounis, M. Fernandes, Nélson;
Carlitos, Miccoli, Simão

SUPLENTES: Quim, Alcides, Leo, Karyaka; Beto, Geovanni, Nuno Gomes.

we are losing at halftime ... Koeman plays with 3 defenders

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Ricardo Rocha in the meantime got himself an early shower and a red card BUT Simão scored the equaliser ... the board did their smartest move by not selling our captain, I tell you that ... I just wish we can keep this result somehow.

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I knew we couldn't keep it 2:1 Sporting. Liedson scored in minute 74. Good to see at least our captain still has it.

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