Sporting Lisboa and Olympiakos Piraeus meet at Estádio José Alvalade, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Sporting Lisbon presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 4 points won. In the last match, they tied for (1-1) at home against Juventus, after in the previous match, having lost by (2-1) away with Juventus. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home win against Famalicão by (2-0). In the last 10 home matches Sporting Lisboa has won 4, tied 5 and lost 1. The team allowed goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively There is 1 period that stands out in the last 12 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 5 of their 6 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Sporting Lisbon is still going through a good phase this season, as it has been unbeaten for five games, having accumulated three victories in that period. However, the club comes from a draw at home by the Portuguese League, thus wasting the opportunity to diminish the difference for the FC Porto leader. In the UEFA Champions League, he has not been doing a great campaign, adding only one victory, having little chance of getting the qualification for the next phase, as he occupies the third position of Group D, with three points less than the classified, Juventus. Considering that he fell in one of the most difficult groups of the continental tournament, his performance can not be criticized, so much so that his attack is the second best, with two goals less than Barcelona. Possibly, the coach will configure the team in a 4-2-3-1, with highlight for Bruno Fernandes in the offensive sector.
After 1 draw and 3 losses, the away team is currently in the 4 th position, with 1 point won. In the last match, they tied by (0-0) at home against Barcelona, after in the previous match, having lost by (3-1) away with Barcelona. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches he has 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Super League, they beat Levadiakos at home by (2-1). In their last away game, for the Super League, they lost by (1-0) against Panathinaikos. In the last 4 away matches for the UEFA Champions League Olympiakos Piraeus has a record of 2 wins and 2 losses.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 4 matches. The team has conceded goals in 6 of the last 8 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In 8 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 4 times and have only won 1 result. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 10 away matches for all competitions: they suffered 5 of their 13 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Olympiakos is motivated, after having won two consecutive victories for the Greek championship, which now occupies the third position, but enters the field again for the UEFA Champions League without much emotion, as it would need a combination of extremely unlikely results to get the classification for the next phase. The visiting club is one of ten that have not yet managed to win in the continental tournament, thus becoming bitter in the last position of Group D, having conquered its only point in the last day, by drawing goalless against Barcelona. The numbers of the national championship indicate that the team is characterized by a good offensive system, but that is not confirmed in the UEFA Champions League, being that it is the second least finished among the 32 participants of the competition. The coach often alternates the tactical formation of the team, but must maintain Odjidja-Ofoe as a reference in the offensive sector.
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