Preview: Sporting – Juventus

during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Juventus and Sporting CP at Juventus Stadium on October 18, 2017 in Turin, Italy.

Juventus and Sporting are second and respectively third in Group D, with three points separating them after three rounds.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

This Halloween fixture sees two giants of the European game come head to head. The only spooky thing about this fixture is Sporting Lisbon’s current form in the competition, having lost their last 2 (including 2-1 vs Juve) and they are now desperate for a win to stay in contention.

Sporting are hoping to make amends after the reverse fixture, a hard fought 2-1 loss in Turin 2 weeks ago. Home advantage may be key for the Portuguese outfit in this massive fixture.

Juventus will be favourites for the tie, but Sporting will fancy their chances as domestically they remain unbeaten (8W, 2D) in their first 10 games. Juventus are not exactly pushovers themselves in Italy, coming into this off the back of a convincing 2-0 victory away to AC Milan.

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The title race in Italy is wide open this term, but this is not down to a decline in form for Juve. They have not achieved more points after 11 games in the last 8 seasons (28).

5 of Juventus’ last 6 games, and 3 of Sporting’s last 5 have ended with over 2.5 goals (total). The hosts are a slightly more feisty bunch, averaging 1.9 cards per game this term, compared with Juventus’ 1.1.

 

Missing players

Sporting: J. Mathieu (muscle injury), C. Piccini (thigh injury), T. Figueiredo (doubtful), D. Podence (doubtful)

Juventus: M. Benatia (ankle injury), B. Howedes (thigh injury), S. Lichtsteiner (injury)

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