Plzen – Sporting Prediction & Picks (15.03.2018)



Viktoria Plzeň and Sporting Lisboa meet at Doosan Arena, in a second leg of this stage of the UEFA Europa League (8th Finals), after in the first leg Sporting Lisbon won at home (2-0). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Sporting Lisbon presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.


The home team comes to this second leg with a disadvantage of 2 goals, in addition to the disadvantage of not scoring goals as a visitor in the first leg. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses as a visitor. against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home tie against Slovan Liberec by (2-2). Viktoria Plzeň won 5 of their last 5 home matches for the UEFA Europa League.

In this competition, he won the last 5 home matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 30 of the last 35 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 24 out of 35 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 11 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 5 times and only managed 1 comeback.

The Viktoria Plzen managed to start 2018 in great form, accumulating four consecutive victories in friendly matches, but soon saw his performance fall and now he is going through a difficult moment, since he does not win three games ago, having suffered two consecutive losses in that period, being that in none of them did the adversary network balance. However, the team comes from a draw against Slovan Liberec, inside the home, with which he kept him in the leadership of the Czech Championship, in which he has the best attack and the best defense. In the Europa League, the team suffered a defeat at home against Sporting Lisbon, in the first leg, and now has an easy task if they want to advance in the continental tournament, especially for not having scored a goal at home of the Portuguese . For this match, the coach is expected to organize the team in 4-2-3-1, with highlight for Krmenčík in the attack.

Sporting :

The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 2 goals, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first leg. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 12 wins and 3 draws in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Chaves by (1-2). In the last 10 away matches Sporting Lisboa has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 27 of the last 29 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 19 out of 29 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, he suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 3. In the last 17 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period highlighted: he suffered 7 of his 19 goals between the minutes (76′-90 ‘ ).

The Sporting Lisbon makes in this exhibition its second consecutive game away from their fans, which must be satisfied with the recent performance of the club, since it suffered only one defeat in the last eight games and now comes from two wins in a row. The last one was valid for the Championship of Portugal, in which he currently occupies the third position, in a game in which he showed great strength on the right flank and thus was able to beat Chaves away from home. The team has stood out, mainly, for the defensive consistency, and that has also been evident in the Europa League, as it beat the Czechs in the first leg and did not suffer any goal, which can make the difference in this tie . The 4-2-3-1 has been the tactical formation most used by the coach, who may choose Bas Dost in the starting lineup.

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