FC Porto hosts Sporting in round 22 of Liga Portugal. The match will be played on Friday, February 11th at Estádio do Dragão (Porto)
Sergio Conceição’s team leads the standings with 59 points after 21 rounds. FC Porto gained 19 victories and two draws. After losing to Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on December 7 (1-3), the Dragons did not notice the resistance of their opponents. All the next eleven games ended in victories. During this period, FC Porto beat Benfica in the Portuguese Cup (3-0) and the championship (3-1). On February 6, the Dragons scored three points in the away game against Arouca (0-2). Vitor Ferreira and Chancel Mbemba scored goals after assists from Fabio Vieira.
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Ruben Amorim’s team is in second place in the Portuguese championship standings with 53 points. Sporting has 17 victories, two draws, and two losses after 21 rounds. The Lions rarely lost points and went at the same pace as Porto, but the January defeats to Santa Clara (3-2) and Braga (1-2) did not allow them to stay on equal terms with the Dragons. In the last four official games, the reigning champions of Portugal gained four victories. They defeated Santa Clara (2-1) and Benfica (2-1) in the decisive matches of the League Cup and won the trophy. In the championship, Sporting dealt with Belenenses (1-4). On February 6, Amorim’s men beat Famalicao at home (2-0). Goals were scored by Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Reis.
Porto has not been able to beat Sporting since July 2020. In that game, the Blue-Whites achieved a 2-0 victory at Estádio do Dragão. Since then, the teams have played four games in the championship of Portugal and the League Cup, and they ended in three draws and one defeat for the Dragons. The opponents played their last head-to-head match on September 11, 2021. The confrontation at Estadio Jose Alvalade ended in a 1-1 draw. The upcoming match in Porto is of the utmost importance in the fight for the champion’s title. In the event of a home win, the Dragons will increase the lead over Sporting to nine points and strengthen their claim to the title. If luck is on the side of the Green-Whites, they will reduce the gap from 1st place to three points. The home team looks a little more preferable, although the guests from Lisbon should not be underestimated. Sporting did not lose to Porto under Amorim, so the Lions can slow down the leaders of the championship.