League leaders Porto (POR) host title challengers Sporting CP (SCP) on matchday 3 of the Primeira Liga 2022-23 season at the iconic Estadio do Dragao in the early hours of Sunday, August 21. The match will start at 1:00 AM IST.
POR vs SCP Dream11 prediction
Arguably the biggest rivalry in Portugal football, the Dragoes vs Leoes fixture will finally hope to see a winner this Sunday as each of their past four league meetings have been drawn.
Considering their overall record in Primeira Liga, Porto might have the edge as they have won 68 of the 176 matches against Sporting while losing 59 times. Porto have not lost to Sporting in the league since 2016.
POR vs SCP Dream11 team tips for Primeira Liga 2022-23
Top tip: Best forward
With two goals in as many league games already, Porto’s Mehdi Taremi remains an outright pick for a forward. Lining alongside Evanilson in a 4-3-1-2 setup, the 30-year-old Iranian professional is rightly expected to cause some kind of damage against Sporting.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Selected by 92.71 per cent of fantasy users, Sporting’s Pedro Goncalves is someone who can trouble the Porto defence with his speed. Acquiring the left side of an attacking front three, the 24-year-old has already scored three goals this season and will be looking to add more to his tally.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Between Sporting’s Sebastian Coates and Porto’s Pepe, Coates is likely a better pick because not only is he a great defensive asset, but his ability to contribute to his team’s attacks will come in handy too. The former Liverpool defender would be a great addition to your fantasy football team.
For a goalkeeper, Sporting’s Antonio Adan would be a preferred choice mostly because the 35-year-old is expected to be the busier man between the sticks than his competitor Diogo Costa.
POR vs SCP probable playing XI
POR playing XI (probable): Diogo Costa (goalkeeper), Joao Mario, Pepe (captain), Ivan Marcano, Zaidu Sanusi, Marko Grujic, Stephen Eustaquio, Mateus Uribe, Danny Loader, Toni Martinez, Mehdi Taremi
SCP playing XI (probable): Antonio Adan (goalkeeper), Luis Neto, Sebastian Coates (captain), Goncalo Inacio, Pedro Porro, Hidemasa Morita, Manuel Ugarte, Matheus Reis, Francisco Trincao, Marcus Edwards, Pedro Goncalves
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