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Champions League: Sporting CP vs FC Barcelona Match Preview

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Sporting CP and Barcelona will be looking to build on their wins on matchday 1 when they meet at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Group B on Wednesday.

After a sixth consecutive win to start the La Liga season at the weekend, Barcelona return to action with a trip to Portugal for the first Champions League away match of the season, against Sporting Lisbon.

Ernesto Valverde got off to a triumphant start in his first European outing as Barca boss and defeated Juventus 3-0 a fortnight ago to take an early grasp of Group D.

But Sporting were impressive in their trip to Athens and beat Olympiakos 3-2 on foreign soil to pull level with the Blaugrana on three points apiece, a tally they’ll hope to double in the Portuguese capital on Wednesday.

Match Details

Date :- Wednesday, September 27 // Thursday, September 28 ( in India, China, Japan, Indonesia and Australia )

Time :- 18:45 ( GMT ) // 19:45 ( CET ) // 14:45 ( ET ) // 00:15 ( IST )

Venue :- José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal

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Referee :- O. Hategan
Assistants :- O. Sovre, S Gheorghe
Fourth official :- R. Ghinguleac

Team Form

Sporting CP :-

Most people don’t care about Portuguese football and will think Barça must win by four or five goals, but that’s definitely not the case. Sporting deserve loads of respect and are incredibly difficult to beat their stadium, which is one of the most hostile atmospheres in Europe. Sporting fans love their team and sometimes win games for them, and they’ll definitely be up for it against Barça.

Sporting are yet to lose a match in 10 competitive fixtures this season and trail by Porto by two points in the Primeira Liga. They were made to work hard for a 1-1 draw at Moreirense on Saturday as they prepare for the high profile visit of Barcelona. They dropped their first two points of the season away at Moreiense at the weekend, ending a six-game winning streak.

Bas Dost gets plenty of attention due to his 36 goals for Sporting last season, but there is a new kid on the block who is stealing the show. Bruno Fernandes arrived from Sampdoria last summer for just 8.5 million Euros and already has six goals and two assists in 10 appearances. Most of his goals have been long range screamers, but Fernandes is equally adept at threading the ball through the defence to set up a teammate.

Sporting CP and Barcelona will be looking to build on their wins on matchday 1 when they meet at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Group B on Wednesday.

After a sixth consecutive win to start the La Liga season at the weekend, Barcelona return to action with a trip to Portugal for the first Champions League away match of the season, against Sporting Lisbon.

Ernesto Valverde got off to a triumphant start in his first European outing as Barca boss and defeated Juventus 3-0 a fortnight ago to take an early grasp of Group D.

But Sporting were impressive in their trip to Athens and beat Olympiakos 3-2 on foreign soil to pull level with the Blaugrana on three points apiece, a tally they’ll hope to double in the Portuguese capital on Wednesday.

FC Barcelona :-

Barcelona had a difficult start to life without Neymar but Valverde’s side are looking like a well oiled machine now.

Ernesto Valverde’s are in equally fine form – winning all seven matches they’ve played since a pair of Spanish Super Cup defeats to Real Madrid in August, which also includes a 3-0 drubbing of Italian powerhouse Juventus.

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The Blaugrana could reach six points in the first two games and open up a three-point lead over Sporting and Juventus (if they beat Olympiacos in Italy), so a victory will be crucial and a big step toward winning the group. Sporting have some very good players on the wings and one of the biggest aerial threats in the world, so they’ll definitely cause Barça problems.

Barcelona are top of La Liga with a 100 per cent record – they’re already seven points clear of Real Madrid.

Team News

Sporting CP :-

Alan Ruiz came off at halftime against Moreirense on Saturday and is a doubt but he is Jorge Jesus’ only injury concern. Bruno Fernandes is likely to move back into his favoured #10 role behind Bas Dost after playing in a deeper role against Moreirense.

FC Barcelona :-

Ousmane Dembele’s 4-month injury tenure is going on and he is likely to join his teammates in mid-December.

Rafinha Alcantara is the other big concern for Valverde at present, although he may be expected to return form a four-month lay-off soon after he underwent surgery on his knee in April, per BBC Sport.

Likely Line-ups

Sporting CP :- Rui Patrício; Piccini, Coates, Mathieu, Coentrão; William, Battaglia; Martins, Fernandes, Acuña; Dost

FC Barcelona :- Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Messi, Suárez.