Europa League is back, and it won’t let the hype die for European competitions. The second leg is surely storing some big match sparks and this match will be some of them. On paper, this feels like a simple equation, but Juventus has to crack the Sporting Problem in an efficient way. It’s the night when two previous sides of Cristiano Ronaldo are clashing and we are in for a treat.
Juventus will be carrying a one-goal advantage but that is just on paper. If we come back to reality, then Sporting is a much bigger threat. Sporting sits at the fourth spot and managed to get 3 wins and 2 draws from their last 5 league matches. Also managing 4th best defensive record and 4th best-attacking record. On the other hand, Juve has been facing turmoil. From point deduction to board instability, it is sheer chaos. Also read: Manchester United VS Sevilla, Match Preview And Prediction
Juve stands in 7th place, though was hit with a point deduction. But they faced turbulence in the recent form as they faced two losses in their last five encounters in the Italian League. Though their goal-scoring abilities have decreased, they are still a solid defensive unit.
In their last clash, Sporting was the dominant party with 15 shots compared to 9 by the Italian side. They were totally in control of the match, with more possession, more shots, and more crosses, the Portugal side could have and should have been on the winner’s side. But Juventus were composed, through and through. Also read: Bayern Draw At Home, Fail to Secure UCL Comeback
In this leg, Sporting looks like slight favorites. They have the quality and talent in the team, and can surely win as the underdogs of the competition.
Sporting Lisbon’s possible starting lineup:
Adan; Inacio, Coates, Diomande; Esgaio, Goncalves, Morita, Reis; Edwards, Chermiti, Trincao
Juventus’ possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Danilo; Cuadrado, Fagioli, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Di Maria; Vlahovic
Prediction- We expect a 1-0 win for Sporting and the game going to the extra time. Juventus might get a late winner and advance.
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