Maritimo vs Sporting for the Portuguese Primeira Liga championship match on Sunday at Marítimo Stadium.
In one of Sunday’s football matches in Portugal, on matchday 1 of the NOS League, the Marítimo team, who will play in their stadium, and the Sporting team, who will play as visiting club, will face each other in Funchal, to be played at Barreiros Stadium.
The Marítimo team, which will debut in this new season in official matches in the Portuguese Premier League, is looking to renew what has been their recent seasons, namely the last, in which the team was, at least until some moment, at risk of going down to the 2nd division, and the football practised was never particularly exciting.
Having not improved much (nothing until) with the entry of former Boavista coach Petit. Now with Nuno Manta Santos at the helm, the Madeira team are looking to rewrite history and fight back for more ambitious purposes.
Sporting’s team, who continue to be coached by Dutch coach Marcel Keizer, who has continued since last season when he replaced José Peseiro as coach of the lions, did not start the season in the best way, having been entirely surpassed at the Cândido de Oliveira Super Cup match last week 5-0 by big rival Benfica in what may be a game that will mark the team for the rest of the season in psychological terms given the impact of that match.
Given what the expectations are for this season by the two squads and what was also the beginning of the season of both, the Maritimo should be very solid physically and disciplined in this match, before a big like Sporting I believe it will be a very close game with few clear scoring opportunities, particularly in the 1st half, which, in my view, could end with a draw or even triumph of the locals after the first 45 minutes of play.