Sporting CP vs Rio Ave for the Portuguese Primeira Liga championship match on Saturday at José Alvalade Stadium.
The home team, Sporting, enters this meeting being at the top of the leaderboard of the Primeira Liga of Portugal, this after adding 2 wins, against Portimonense and Braga, and 1 draw, against Marítimo, thus making forget what was a bad start to the season against rival Benfica, after the Leonina team have been clearly beaten in the Super Cup 5-0.
The team knows that if they can add the 3 points here, they will remain in the lead of the competition, regardless of what may happen in the matches of the other teams.
As for the Rio Ave team enters this 3rd round of the 1st division football championship in Portugal having still a match behind against Vitória de Guimarães of the first round of the League.
They come from a very successful triumph against Desportivo das Aves 5-1, thus forgetting the defeat they added on matchday one, at the home of the newly promoted Famalicão, in what was a very positive game by the Rio Ave team.
Given a globally positive campaign by both teams until now in this edition of the national championship, where it seems to be more or less obvious the teams have at least made every effort to play a more offensive football not very usual in Portuguese football, where often smaller squads tend to play just for the point.
Some defensive weaknesses tend to arise, particularly in the case of the Sporting team, as it is usual by Dutch coaches.
I believe we can have a lively game here in offensive terms and with some goals scored from side to side.