International - UEFA Champions League - Group F - 18th October 2016 @ 19:45
Sporting Lisbon host group leaders Dortmund in what should promise to be a highly entertaining encounter. Sporting come into this game after some great performances so far this campaign. While they beat Legia Warsaw, the main performance saw them lose very narrowly to Real Madrid after leading 1-0 for 89 minutes. On the domestic front, they have matched the leaders stride for stride, sitting joint 2nd with 16 points from 7 games so far. What is clear to see from Sporting games is that they are not afraid to attack the opposition with 16 goals scored in 7 games played on the domestic front. Bas Dost, Gelson Martins and Joel Campbell have been the ones leading their line along with set piece goals from Sebastian Coates. The Sporting team will look at their opponent Dortmund's recent games where they have conceded in 5 straight games including against teams like Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Hertha. This will give them confidence that they will be able to put on a scoring effort against them.
Borussia Dortmund had started out the season extremely well, but have just lost the boil over the last 3 games, where they have failed to pick up a victory yet. A 2-2 draw against Madrid, was followed by a 2-0 loss to Leverkusen and a 1-1 draw against Hertha Berlin this past Friday. Aubamayeng has been in outstanding form this season already netting 6 times in 7 games domestically while netting both Champions League games played until now. He is their main target man and is quite well backed up by a supporting cast including Gotze, Dembele, Schurrle and Kagawa who provide the team with pace and great passing ability to find the back of the net. Their opponents Sporting have 3 out of their last 4 away games, that too against lowly opposition like Madrid, Rio Ave and Vitoria.
This game looks like it will be the one for the neutrals, with a lot of chances being created in this game, and we can expect lots of goals coming out of this encounter, and thats where I will go to. Over 2.5 goals in this game is my pick for this match.
18th October 2016 @ 05:02