Sporting vs Olympiakos – UEFA Champions League : In this match, Sporting will try to stay in the race for the group D’s second place…
While trying to fight against two ghosts at the same time. The more present one was the failure on the European competitions last season, when they were knocked out by Legia Warsaw despite being considered favourites.
Also, close, was last season’s failure, in part, due to a poor management of the roster’s values.
That will maybe be too many ghosts for a team that has the minimum objective of finishing 3rd and advancing to the Europa League.
Maybe it will be on this same context of still being possible to finish in 2nd place that the team will perform better, despite being fragilized.
Acuña’s injury still removes some depth and competitiveness to Sporting, since the Argentinian, due to his playing style, imposed his mark in the team.
At the same time, they are now without the option of Fábio Coentrão as full back, besides the fact that Doumbia has also been showing physical problems. But that isn’t all.
Sporting’s starting line-up has had periods of about 20 days in intense competition, interrupted by the international breaks. It is on the management of these moments that Jorge Jesus’ teams has a great challenge here.
For Olympiakos, the trip to Lisbon is made without much to lose.
The loss in Athens left deep marks on the way the team sees their possibilities in this group.
The home draw with Barcelona has given them new hope and dignity, so this sense of reborn might end up being really dangerous for a Sporting team who might not be focused on the importance of this match.
Sporting vs Olympiakos – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Because it is certain, Sporting really has a lot on the line in this match. A win would tranquilize the team for the fulfilment of their main objectives, in Liga NOS, while keeping that European perspective open.
A loss, on the other hand, would jeopardize a winning speech that is fundamental for the club’s current project.
|Sporting to score first||