Sporting hosts Varzim, from II Liga, at the start of the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup of football, in a match in which the ‘lions’ are ‘super favorites’ and in which they should spare the main figures.
With the reception of Borussia Dortmund next week, in a game that will be decisive for the continuity of the Lisbon emblem in the Champions League, coach Rúben Amorim is expected to use some of the players with fewer minutes this season.
Captain Coates and Rúben Vinagre, due to injury, are certain casualties at Sporting, a club that has already won the Portuguese Cup 17 times, the last in 2018/19.
For their part, Varzim arrives in Alvalade at a difficult time of the season, in which they occupy the 17th and penultimate place of the II League, with just one victory in 11 games.
To reach the fourth round, the second-tier team left Marítimo, of the I League, in the way, with a 3-2 home victory in the penalty shoot-out, after a draw (2-2).
The meeting is scheduled for 20:15.
Sporting de Braga, title holder, host Santa Clara on Saturday, in a clash between top-tier teams, on the same day that FC Porto plays at Dragão with Feirense, from the II League.
A day earlier, on Friday, Benfica, the record holder of triumphs in the Cup of Portugal (26), will face Paços de Ferreira, also in the I League, in Luz.
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