Nacional ended their losing momentum in the last round against Tondela, defeating them with a 2:0 result, playing at their home stadium.
They took the lead already in the first minute of the match, and with a player more on the pitch since the 28th, their job in this one became much easier. They used their numerical advantage to create several decent opportunities and confirmed their victory with a goal in the 68th over Riascos.
Nacional is currently at 9th place in the overall standings, but the lineup is suitable for changes, as only two points separate them and the relegation placed Rio Ave.
The hosts have no fresh injury worry, as defender Pedro Henrique comes back into the team.
Sporting continues to dominate this season in Primeira Liga, as they caught up with quite a momentum, currently being on three matches winning streak.
Last time out, they defeated Braga back at their home, outplaying them with a 2:0 result. They looked a bit passive during the first part, but visibly appeared better in the offense as the match moved to the second, and with goals in the 54th and the 78th minute via Pedro Goncalves and Matheus, took this seemingly routine victory.
As mentioned, Sporting is a dominant team this season in Primeira, deservedly positioned at the leading spot, leaving their closest Porto with four points behind.
The guests are also having no injury worries for this one, as forward Phellype remains a long-term absentee without playing so far in the season anyway.
Bigger quality & momentum
Sporting is appearing quite well in almost every encounter this season, and it is very difficult to see them making a setback in the upcoming clash. They are well aware of their superiority in every aspect of the game and with the right approach, victory with at least one goal difference shouldn’t be much of a challenge for them. Simply put, Nacional shouldn’t be able to stay competitive for the entire clash this time.