Sporting vs Viktoria Plzen – Europa League: Sporting can’t complain about luck, when they have upon them Viktoria Plzen, from Czech Republic
The lesser-known team of all the teams that are on the Europa League’s 8th finals.
But we are far from being able to consider this to be a totally accessible opponent who isn’t hard to overcome, considering the club’s past showings on the European competitions.
Sporting’s moment of form also contributes towards potential doubts that might appear regarding how easy it will be to get a result against Plzen.
Playing the 1st leg at home, the Portuguese team needs a consistent result, and looking at Jorge Jesus’ roster, that word hasn’t been good to describe what has been happening.
The return of Gelson Martins will free Bruno Fernandes a little bit, on the most impactful duo of the Lions. Bas Dost might also be back and that would free Sporting’s starting line-up when it comes to worries about finishing.
But both on the defensive midfield and on defence, Sporting has been dealing with organizational problems. The need for a Rui Patrício at a great level is always clear for this kind of encounters.
While Sporting might have lost its title hopes by losing on their last match against FC Porto on the last round of Liga NOS, Viktoria Plzen is on its way for another title in the Czech League, even having 1 less match played than their pursuers, but with a 9-points advantage.
On the group stage, the competition that the Czech had to face wasn’t very strong, and on the previous round they had to get through Partizan Belgrade.
It seems certain that, just like Sporting can’t complain about his luck, the same thing happens with Plzen, that once again avoids facing a team from the main European leagues.
Sporting vs Viktoria Plzen – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The history of this match might be the history of the team that is able to live better with the luck of the draw.
But the responsibility will be all on the side of Sporting.
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