Sporting take on the visitors Farense in the round 1 match of Portuguese League Cup. The match will be played on Wednesday, November 30th at Estádio José Alvalade (Lisbon).
Sporting Lisbon habitually keep a place among the giants of Portuguese football. The Lions are historically ranked lower than Porto and Benfica. But with the current mentor, Ruben Amorim, it was possible to break the pause of almost 2 decades and win the championship title. It did not work out to gain a foothold in 1st place - in the last draw we finished already 2nd. And now even Braga is going higher, Sporting are very inconsistent. A lot of strength was taken away by the Champions League, where until the last there were chances for another playoff. But in the end it turned out to take 3rd place in the group and go to the Europa League. Now they have to compete in the league cup. By the way, under Ruben Amorim, the grandee from Lisbon is successful in this competition.
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Farense are now thinking more about playing in the Segunda. "Lions of Faro" was not bad in the 90s of the last century. Then they made their way to the cup final, and took the maximum, 5th place, which even allowed them to try themselves in European competitions (but they immediately ran into Lyon in the UEFA Cup and flew out). Then there were long and difficult years, to the point that the project was on the verge of extinction. But it turned out to add, and quite noticeably. As a result, it turned out to spend the season before last in the “elite”, however, without staying there. Relegated, the team was only 11th in the 2021/2022 championship. But now they are one of the best there. Of the 13 matches of this draw, Farense have 8 with a single defeat - this allows them to stay in 2nd place, which is quite enough to climb higher. But, of course, at the same time, they don’t want to spend much energy on cups. In the Portuguese Cup it was already 1-3 with Leixoes. Will there be a different mood for the League Cup?
There were 11 full-time matches in total, and Farense won only once in them. Suffice it to say that all 5 last matches were won by Sporting. Of course, the World Cup affected the personnel potential of Sporting. But the visiting side is clearly a weaker and unmotivated. We are waiting for the victory of the "lions" with a handicap of "-2 goals".
Prediction for the match: Sporting Lisbon to win with -2.0 handicap.