Sporting take on the visitors Tottenham in the round 2 match of UEFA Champions League. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 13th at Estádio José Alvalade (Lisbon).
Sporting Lisbon in 2021 became the champion of the country - after a pause of almost 2 decades. The Lions could not retain their title, having lost a dispute in the last Primeira draw against Porto. But in general, we had a good season, including being surprised by reaching the playoffs of the Champions League. Then the Portuguese did not let Borussia Dortmund advance from the group. True, in the first playoff match they received 5 unanswered goals at home from Manchester City. At the start of this season’s group stage they beat Eintracht in Frankfurt am Main. And devastating, leaving no chance: 3-0 in favor of the visitors. The Eagles held out at home for more than an hour, until the 65th minute, but seemed to crumble after Edwards' first goal. The result is even more surprising because the Lions have shown quite mediocre results in these weeks in the domestic arena.
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Tottenham under Antonio Conte saved last season. They managed to add enough to get around the hated Arsenal at the finish spurt and take 4th place from him. Will they be enough strength for the Champions League? On the one hand, the Hotspurs missed several seasons there, and there should be enough motivation. On the other hand, the Italian manager is traditionally not particularly successful in the international arena, and in the main European Cup in particular. However, in the 1st round, his wards, although, according to the coach himself, “felt a little pressure”, they still put the squeeze on Marseille at home. Richarlison's first goals after moving to London helped: the Brazilian, who came from Everton for a lot of money, scored a double with goals in the 76th and 81st minutes. But there the opponent was in the minority for almost a full time after the sent-off of Mbemba.
There were no official matches between the clubs. But in 2010 there was a friendly match that brought a spectacular 2-2 draw. Bookmakers give preference to visitors. But do not underestimate Sporting playing at home. It is better to use a neutral option with "total over 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.