Sporting vs Olympiacos Preview
Sporting host Olympiacos at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in a must win UEFA Champions League match on Wednesday.
The Portuguese side come into this match on the back of a 2-0 victory over second tier side Famalicao in the Portuguese cup. Sporting have four points and are third in the table, three points behind Juventus. With an inferior head-to-head record against the Italians, they will be hoping the Old Lady slip up against Barcelona in the group’s other match.
Olympiacos, on the other hand, have just one point from the first four games and will look for a victory and hoping Juventus to lose for any lingering hopes of making it to the round of 16. The Greek champions defeated Levadiakos in the league during the weekend and will be aiming for a better showing in the Champions League this week. Anything other than a win for the Greeks will mean they will finish fourth in the group.
On match day four, Olympiacos held Barcelona to a goalless draw at the Karaisakakis Stadium in Greece while Sporting and Juventus played out a 1-1 draw in Lisbon. The previous match between the two teams was a 3-2 win for Sporting on match day one.
Sporting have not made it to the round of 16 of the Champions League since 2008/09 while Olympiacos are looking to make their first appearance in the second round since the 2013/14 season.
Predicted Line-up for Sporting:
Marcus Acuna is a doubt for Sporting with a thigh injury and his place in attack will likely be taken by Daniel Podence. Jorge Jesus’ team might have Seydou Doumbia fit for this match after the Ivorian returned to training this week. Adrien Silva, Jeremy Mathieu and William Carvalho are still doubtful for this match.
Defenders: Silva(L) Ristovski(M) Coates(M) Pinto(R)
Midfielders: Battaglia(L) Fernandez(M) Cesar(R)
Attackers: Podence(L) Dost(M) Martins(R)
Predicted Line-up for Olympiacos:
There are no immediate injury concerns or suspensions for Takis Lemonis’ side and he should have a full squad to select from for this match.
Defenders: Koutris(L) Engels(M) Botia(M) Elabdellaoui(R)
Midfielders: Carcela-Gonzales(L) Tachtsidis(M) Gillet(M) Figueras(R)
Attackers: Odjidja(L) Fortunis(R)
While neither of the two teams look likely to make it to the next round, Sporting Lisbon’s chances to advance look better than their Greek counterparts. Sporting should be able take advantage on home soil to grab themselves a win and increase their chances with Olympiacos having lost all of their last three away group matches in a row in the Champions League.
So, our prediction for the match is Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Olympiacos.