This promises to be a very tense match for Sporting for many reasons being the first somthing that should never happen in a football club. A part of those prsons that will be at the stadium and that usually support Sporting, will be jeering the team from the first moment in the hope that we may lose so that the Board is forced to sack the coach. Disgusting is the mildest word that I can think of to call this.
Sporting's president yesterday was extremely hard with his words for this type of "fans" and I couldn't agree more. This so called "minoria do bloqueio", which did not pass the 10% of votes in the elections held just 3 months ago, are nothing but a mixture of clueless idiots and sleazy opportunists. The former think that Sporting can do more than what we have achieved in the last 4 seasons, with the incredibly thin resources available. The latter are rubbing their hands just waiting to see if something can drop in their pockets from one more pointless change of faces.
As far as I'm concerned I wish both sets can join Rui Santos, Jorge Gabriel, João Braga and the rest of their putrid lot and join whatever club is needing them, because ours certainly breathes better without them.
About the game itself, apart from the group of players still injured, of which Izmailov is the biggest loss, we will have Rui Patrício and Vukcevic not at 100%. In the case of the Montenegro international, it is actually very much possible that he will start on the bench.
Here's a possible starting XI for the game that kicks off in about half an hour (21:15 CET):
Abel | Tonel | Daniel Carriço | Grimi
Pereirinha | João Moutinho
Liedson | Caicedo
Tiago, Ricardo Batista, Pedro Silva, André Marques, Adrien Silva, Vukcevic, Angulo, Miguel Veloso, Carlos Saleiro and Hélder Postiga.