Juventus vs Sporting CP: All you need to know about this Champions League fixture
After defeating Olympiacos in the last matchday, Allegri’s men will be up for the next fixture against a well drilled Sporting CP side managed by the experienced Jorge Jesus. So the Bianconeri will hope to emerge victorious as both teams are with 3 points each and its all to play for in this group.
Date: Wednesday, 18th October 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET/ 00:15 IST (19th OCT)
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Telecast: SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, FOX Sports beIN Sports
Livestream: SONY LIV, TotalSportek
Bianconeri allowed two goals in each of their last two league outings (to Atalanta and Lazio) which is certainly something Allegri will worry about ahead of the clash with a strong attacking lineup of Sporting’s.
Moreover, Juve have been struggling a lot to find goals at the start of the Champions league campaign as they could not break the deadlock all up until late in the second half of the second round clash with Olympiacos two weeks ago at Allianz Stadium.
They are all levelled with Sporting CP at three points each after opening two fixtures and a potential failure here would seriously compromise Juve’s ambitions on reaching the knockout phase.
Leoes have had a very tough schedule over the last couple of weeks facing Porto in Primeira Liga derby just four days after playing Barcelona in the second round of Champions League.
However, Jorge Jesus’ men will enter the most important group phase match with an improved confidence as they notched four goals past Oleiros in the weekend’s Taca da Liga action.
Max Allegri once again has an injury to winger Marko Pjaca to account for. Joining him is center midfielder Miralem Pjanic with a muscle issue. Center back Benedikt Howedes might be able to play a role if called upon.
Jorge Jesus has injuries to forwards Seydou Doumbia and Alan Ruiz to deal with. Left back Fabio Coentrao is also set to miss out with a muscular problem. Lots of rotation should be seen after they played a young/fringe squad in their cup match on Thursday at ARC.
Defenders:Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Chiellini, Sandro
Attacking Midfielders:Costa, Mandzukic, Dybala
Defenders:Piccini, Coates, Mathieu, Silva
Midfielders:Martins, Battaglia, Carvalho, Acuna
Juventus vs Sporting CP: Head to head
The two sides are about to take on each other for the first time in an official match on Wednesday.
They did play a friendly six years ago when the Portuguese outfit took a 1-2 victory.