The last game of Sporting's terrible series of three heavyweight matches in the space of one week will kick start in less than half an hour at Dragão.
It's hard to know what Sporting will show up tonight. The superb team that completely dominated Benfica one week ago or the pathetic bunch that crumbled in front of a very average Bayern.
The absence of Vukcevic due to injury may be a key negative factor against us, being the other the usual fact that when playing at Dragão, we will always be playing against 14 men.
However we still have a few aces up the sleeve, being the most valuable of them all, the skinny baiano that is owing some to Heltonzinho.
Here's the official starting XI fielded by Paulo Bento...
Pedro Silva - Carriço - Polga - Grimi
Pereirinha - Izmailov
Derlei - Liedson
Subs: Ricardo Batista, Marco Caneira, Tonel, Adrien, Romagnoli, Yannick Djaló and Rodrigo Tiuí.