Atlético de Madrid vs Sporting – Europa League
Wanda Metropolitano will be the stage of the match between Atlético de Madrid and Sporting
Making the Lions the first Portuguese team to visit the Colchoneros’ new stadium.
The draw wasn’t very friendly for Sporting, putting them up against the strongest team still in competition, but Sporting’s hopes are also built out of difficulties.
On the current season, it was on the matches they were least likely to succeed, against Juventus and Barcelona, that Jorge Jesus’ sporting was more efficient tactically, managing to contain their rivals’ superiority.
Now, on a knockout tie, they will try to do the same against Atlético.
Diego Simeone’s team is living a less positive period, with several players injured, with the Argentinian manager still having to wait until game day to know which players will be available for the reception to Sporting.
That wasn’t an excuse, however, for them not to get the win over Deportivo, although the most important match of the week should be the visit to their rivals Real Madrid, next Sunday.
The question regarding which competition will be prioritized should be on the mind of Simeone.
Atlético de Madrid vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
In turn, Sporting lost in Braga and saw (once again?) their hopes of fighting for a national title being jeopardized, even if, on Liga NOS, things are far from being defined.
That loss ends up meaning the team will focus more on this Europa League’s match, since it is now more important for Sporting the possibility of going far on the European competition.
They are expected to play further back, with a more compact block, and it is very likely that we will see Sporting offering the initiative here, looking to be effective in transition and get a goal, in order to get a somewhat positive result that leaves everything open for the 2nd leg in Alvalade.
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