Sporting Lisboa and Astana meet at Estádio José Alvalade, in a return match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals), after the victory outside Sporting Lisbon by (1-3) in the first leg. 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 the win was by (1-3), the home team comes to this second leg with a 2-goal advantage. 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 11 victories and 4 draws in his stadium. The team comes to this match after an away win against Tondela by (1-2). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions Sporting Lisboa has won 10. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 3 of the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 6 of their 7 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Sporting Lisbon accumulated two consecutive losses at the beginning of this month, but showed that it has already managed to improve, as it comes from three consecutive victories, the last one in the Portuguese championship, in which it occupies the third place, with two points less than the leader Porto. In a very intense game, in which missed few passes, had more possession of the ball and finished almost three times more than the opponent, but only scored the goal of the comeback at 99 ‘. In the Europa League, he must enter the field with some calmness, since in the first game he managed to build a good advantage away from home against Astana and now he can even lose and still go ahead in the continental tournament. The 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 must be the tactical formation adopted for this duel by the coach, who may make some changes with respect to the starting line-up of the last game.
After the defeat at home, the visiting team comes to this second leg with a dismay of 2 goals and with the difficult task of recovering this negative result as a visitor. 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, 1 draw and 6 losses in away matches, with 19 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses at their stadium, with 35 goals scored and 15 conceded. In the last 10 away matches Astana has won 5, tied 1 and lost 4. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 7 matches for this competition .
The Astana makes its fourth game of the year in this exhibition, but only the second official one, since the first two were friendly preparation matches, to recover the lost rhythm in the break of 2017 for 2018. The visiting club does not live a good moment, since it has accumulated only one victory in the last five matches and now comes from three consecutive defeats, the last of them just before Sporting Lisbon, in the first leg of the sixteen finals of the Europa League, when it left Much to be desired and failed to take advantage of playing at home, leaving the Portuguese score three goals, which virtually guaranteed the classification of Sporting. However, the visiting club must go with everything on the opponent, to at least finish their participation in the continental tournament in an honorable way, with a victory. Several tactical schemes have been tested by the coach, who will not have at his disposal Logvinenko, because of suspension.
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