Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Liga 12/13, J3| Marítimo 1-1 SPORTING| Funchal, 16.09.2012, 21:15 CET
After a long international break Sporting is back in action for the league trying to get the first win. Marítimo away is always one of the toughest fixtures for any of the top sides of our football but in this start of season the side from Madeira showed being still far from last year's form. Sá Pinto knows that this is a must win game but he also knows that even if he loses tonight he has the support of a Board that simply can't fire him.
We are still missing Rinaudo and Schaars and to make things worse Boulahrouz got a slight knock that made him unavailable for tonight's tough game. There are doubts on whether it will be Carriço or Xandão to replace him in the centre of our defence. The good news are that Izmailov is fit and has been called for this game but apart from the absence of Boula I doubt Sá Pinto will make any changes to the usual XI.
One final note to the ref carefully picked by the league to this game. Xistra will be which means we will be playing against 14.
Goalkepeers: Rui Patrício and Marcelo Boeck;
Defenders: Cédric, Xandão, Daniel Carriço, Marcos Rojo and Insúa;
Midfielders: Gelson Fernandes, Elias, André Martins, Izmailov, Pranjic and Adrien;
Forwards: Jeffrén, Labyad, Carrillo, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Viola and Diego Capel.
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