Barcelona vs Sporting – UEFA Champions League: With the first place of group D ensured
And on a stage of the season where they have been feeling some physical problems affecting some important units of their roster, it will make sense that Barcelona approaches this match against Sporting as a match where they can rotate their players and give less utilized players some minutes.
The objective will no longer escape, and Barcelona will be a top seed in the round of 16 draw next Monday.
The two goalless draws that they got on the last two group matches were already a reflection of that management that understands very well that a season of a team of this dimension is much more focused on the final objectives than on the intermediary ones.
For Sporting, this match presents a semi-open door for the Champions’ League round of 16.
Let’s say that this was an objective that Jorge Jesus and his players were after: maintaining the possibility of fighting for qualification until the final round.
It is certain that everything will depend on what Juventus does in Greece, since they need the Italians not to win in order to advance with a win of their own. But that’s all it takes.
Still, it is almost certain that Sporting will rest some players as well.
Their main objective is Liga NOS, where they returned to first place on the past weekend and where they will face a tough challenge next Saturday.
Barcelona vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
It will be expected that the Portuguese team will play on the expectative, despite their higher interest in winning. The victory will hardly appear from a match totally dominated by Sporting.
The ears on what is happening in Athens is another data to take into account. Only a favourable panorama to Sporting’s interests will make them go all out for the win.
Otherwise, we could see both teams feeling satisfied with a draw.
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