Sporting – Plzen Prediction & Picks (08.03.2018)



Sporting Lisboa and Viktoria Plzeň meet at Estádio José Alvalade, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (8th Finals). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. 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 reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (8th Finals) after having eliminated Astana, after a draw at home by (3-3) and a win by (1-3) away in the tie previous. 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 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 19 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 11 wins and 4 draws at their stadium, with 36 goals scored and 7 suffered. In the last match they played, for the Primeira Liga, they lost with Porto out by (2-1). In the last 10 home matches Sporting Lisbon has 9 wins and 1 draw. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 3 of the 6 matches 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 7 of their 9 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).

The Sporting Lisboa lives a moment of distrust, with its benefits to leave divided the fans of the club. We remember that Sporting stumbled in some theoretically easier matches, such as in the game against Estoril. Through this are two defeats against FC Porto, one for the championship and one for the Portuguese Cup. In this first leg, coach Jorge Jesus will have no doubts and will line up his team in 4-4-2, with Bas Dost standing out on the attack front: the Dutchman is the best score for Sporting Lisbon, with 27 goals scored in several competitions. Everything indicates that Daniel Podence and Cristiano Piccini will be absent due to injury.


The visiting team reached this phase of the UEFA Europa League (8th Finals) after having eliminated Partizan, with a (2-0) win at home and a draw by (1-1) away in the previous round. 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, 4 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 25 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 39 goals scored and 15 suffered. In the last match that they disputed, for the Czech League, they lost with Vysočina Jihlava at home (0-1). In the last 5 away matches for the UEFA Europa League, Viktoria Plzeň have a record of 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 10 matches in this competition, they have only won 1 result in the 4 matches they have conceded the first goal.

The Czechs start for this game with a defeat against Vysocina, by 1-0, in a match for the championship of the Czech Republic. In the last tie of the Europa League, the visitors eliminated Partizan. In this game away from home, against one of the best Portuguese teams, coach Pavel Vrba must opt ​​for a more defensive strategy, exploring any space to apply the counterattack. Striker Michael Krmencik is one of the great highlights of Plzen, as he has scored 17 goals this season. For this game the coach can not count on Jan Baranek, due to an injury.

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