Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Liga 12/13, J17| Rio Ave 2-1 SPORTING | Vila do Conde, 2.2.2013, 19:00 CET
I've missed last week's match (1-1 at home with Guimarães) but from what I've read we played well enough to win, which is a good sign as Guimarães is probably one of the most in form teams of our league these days.
Today we're facing Rio Ave one of the surprise teams of this season. They've beaten us already twice this season, 1-0 in Alvalade against Sá Pinto's SCP for the league and 3-0 at their place against Vercauteren's SCP for the league cup. I think this is going to be a different game as Rio Ave's coach Nuno Espírito Santo, who learned his trade with our coach Jesualdo Ferreira, has already admitted it.
We will be without our two first CBs, Boulahrouz and Rojo, who are both injured and also without the injured Labyad. After getting rid of Carrico for peanuts I guess we will have to field young Pedro Mendes side by side with Calamity Xandão in the centre of our defense.
The starting line-up should be announced soon.
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