Sporting CP vs Juventus: All you need to know about this UEFA Champions League fixture
Sporting must win Tuesday’s Champions League game to keep their knock-out qualification hopes alive. But this won’t be easy as their opponent is none other than the ever so consistent Juventus.
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 31st October 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET/ 01:15 IST (the next day)
Venue: Estadio José Alvalade (Lisbon)
Telecast: No Telecast in India, beIN Sports, SuperSport 12 (African nations)
Livestream: SONY LIV, FUBO TV, Ronaldo7.net
After losing to Barcelona and Juventus in back-to-back games, Sporting’s hopes of qualifying for the knock-out phase took a huge blow. They have 3 points in the bag from the 3-2 win against Olympiacos on Matchday 1, which still give them a chance to finish second in the group. But this can be only achieved by winning points in each of their remaining three games.
Sporting’s domestic form is fine with the team being unbeaten in 10 Portuguese Primeira Liga matches with 8 wins and 2 draws. But they hardly manage to bring the momentum to the European matches.
Meantime, Juventus toughen up after the 3-0 loss to Barcelona on matchday 1 with wins over Olympiacos and Sporting. This put them in a good position to clinch the second spot in the group. To win the group, they will have to beat Barcelona by a huge margin, while winning the remaining two games.
Juve are coming on the back of an excellent run having picked 4 wins on the bounce in all competitions. The Bianconeri recently defeated AC Milan and will be full of confidence after that fixture. The major improvement can be found in the goal-scoring department with 14 goals netted in the period. Yet, their usually reliable defense had issues lately and conceded in 5 of the last 6.
Sporting XI (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio;Cristiano Piccini,Sebastian Coates, Jeremy Mathieu, Fabio Coentrao; William Carvalho, Rodrigo Battaglia; Gelson Martins, Bruno Fernandes, Marcos Acuna; Bas Dost
Juventus XI (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Buffon; Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Federico Bernardeschi, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic; Gonzalo Higuain
Head to Head
Juve’s 2-1 win on matchday 3 of the current campaign is their lone meeting with Sporting in a UEFA competition.