Juventus and Sporting Lisbon face at Juventus Stadium in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). There is no record of direct clashes between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 24-07-2011 and ended with the score: Juventus (1-2) Sporting Lisboa. In this match the home factor can be decisive, since Sporting Lisbon presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
After 1 victory and 1 loss, the home team arrives at this 3rd day in the 3rd position of Group D, with 3 points conquered. In the previous round, he won (2-0) at home against Olympiakos Piraeus, after in the first game of this group stage to have lost by (3-0) out against Barcelona. This is a team that presents similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in his stadium. In the last match that disputed, for Series A, lost with Lazio at home by (1-2). In their last 10 home games Juventus have 6 wins and 4 losses. His attack has marked regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their home games there is a tendency to have goals, as 30 of their last 34 games have ended with over 1.5 goals. In 15 matches, he only managed 1 comeback in all 5 matches in which he suffered the first goal.
Juventus leave for this match with a defeat at home against Lazio by 1-2, adding the consecutive game without winning in the Italian championship: the only goal of the team was scored by Douglas Costa. In this game at home Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri should keep the team in a 4-2-3-1, benefitting possession of the ball and organized attacks, mainly through the right flank. Douglas Costa is one of the most dangerous players in the front line of Juventus, being this very fast and competent in the transport of the ball towards the attack. On the other hand, young Argentine Paulo Dybala is the top scorer of Juventus, with 10 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Pjaca, De Sciglio and Howedes, players recovering from injury.
After 1 win, 0 draws and 1 loss, the visiting team reaches this 3rd day in the 2nd position of Group D, with 3 points won. On the previous day, he lost at home against Barcelona by (0-1), after in the first game of this group stage to have won by (2-3) out against Olympiakos Piraeus. This is a team that has curiously been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 games it registers 11 victories, 1 tie and 3 defeats like visitor; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. The team arrives to this match after a victory outside with the Oleiros by (2-4). In the last 10 matches played as a visitor for all competitions, Sporting Lisbon won 6, tied 1 and lost 3. The team conceded goals to the opponent in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition, so they were not very strong defensively .
Sporting Lisbon came into this match with a 2-0 victory against Oleiros, returning to victories after four consecutive games without a win: goals were scored by Palhinha (2), Matheus and Rafael Leão. Coach Jorge Jesus usually has four players in the defense, four in the midfield and two in the attack, Bas Dost being the most advanced player of the team. The Portuguese Bruno Fernandes is one of the most important players in the style of game of the visitors, being owner of great technical quality and vision of game. In addition, this player is the best scorer of Sporting, with 5 goals scored. For this game the coach doubts Dourica and Fábio Coentrão, both with physical problems.
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