Moreirense vs Sporting CP
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 12 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Moreira de Conegos.
A series of three straight defeats in last three rounds of the previous Primeira Liga term almost saw Moreirense drop down into the second tier.
Os Verdes e Brancos ended up just two points above the danger area and managed to survive only thanks to slip-ups of their rivals in the relegation battle.
Can the new season bring more joy for Ivo Vieira and his men?
The opening fixture will be a very tough one for the hosts who are about to take on one of league’s heavyweights on Sunday evening at Parque Desportivo Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas.
Sporting, much like their counterparts, disappointed last year when they only came third at the end of the season.
The Lions experienced a very turbulent period in the closing stages of the previous term which resulted in a host of changes the squad suffered this summer.
Nevertheless, the Lions still remain a formidable force and they will once again be one of the main contenders for the title no doubt.
Moreirense vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head
Sporting did not have too many troubles storming past Moreirense in the past.
The Lions won 12, drew 4 and lost only 2 of 18 matches against Os Verdes e Brancos.
Sporting won six and drew one of last seven meetings with Moreirense.
Moreirense vs Sporting CP: Prediction
The new coach Jose Peseiro has a pretty talented group of players in his ranks, but the only question is how much time will he need to bed in all the new arrivals?
Bas Dost and Seydou Doumbia are still there and they will lead the line, while the likes of Nani and Raphinha will no doubt be huge additions to the squad.
Moreirense mainly played half-amateur sides during the pre-season. They will enter the game low on confidence after losing the Taca da Liga clash to the lower-division Varzim side 2-0 last weekend.
The hosts will struggle to save the top flight status this season and we don’t see them making an upset against the Lions here.
Moreirense vs Sporting CP: Bet Tips
Sporting CP to win @ 1.44
Sporting CP to keep a clean sheet 1.83.