Viktoria Plzen vs Sporting: Sporting is balancing between focusing their efforts on
the Europa League and the Liga NOS, feeling that, with the roster affected by injuries and suspensions
They have to find a way of continuing their path in both competition. They’ve gone through a hard task, in Chaves, with a starting line-up subject to a lot of changes, but they found the path to goal with the return of Bas Dost, that has shown that he makes all the difference on the pitch.
Therefore, in Czech Republic, the most likely scenario is for us to see the Dutch amongst the chosen ones to try and confirm the advantage.
On the 1st leg, Sporting has won 2-0 and they could have, in fact, have gotten a more comfortable advantage.
The Lions were superior, scoring 2 goals and taking advantage to manage the result, with the lead and aware of the weaknesses that the team has right now.
That management ended up giving Plzen the chance to try and appear on the tie, ending that 1st leg looking for a goal that would definitely change the scenario of this tie.
The 2-goal difference and the fact that they haven’t conceded goals at home, as Jorge Jesus very well stated, allow Sporting some tranquility.
The constant trips that the team is making might lead to some fatigue on some of their players but having played last Monday’s match without Acuña or Bruno Fernandes will allow the return of two of the team’s most important players.
Sporting will look to advance onto the Europa League’s quarter-finals, forgetting for now, that even in Liga NOS, things are still in the open.
Viktoria Plzen vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
With a large advantage on their domestic league, Viktoria Plzen has once again benefited from a weekend without any matches to prepare another attack to Sporting, looking, now, to revert the score line of this knockout tie.
From what they’ve shown on the 1st leg, they lack some arguments to be able to do that.
|Under 2.5 Goals||