Sporting CP is going head to head with FC Midtjylland starting on 16 Feb 2023 at 20:00 UTC at José Alvalade stadium, Lisbon city, Portugal. The match is a part of the UEFA Europa League, Knockout stage. Sporting Lisbon and FC Midtjylland go head to head at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in the first leg of their Europa League knockout-stage clash on Thursday.
Ruben Amorim’s side, who are currently 15 off the top of the Primeira Liga standings, will be looking to return to winning ways and kick off their hunt for continental glory on a high. Sporting Lisbon failed to get the better of league rivals Porto for the eighth consecutive attempt as they fell to a 2-1 defeat when the sides squared off last Sunday.
Following a relatively uneventful first half, the game sparked to life on the hour mark when Mateus Uribe opened the scoring and after Pepe put the result beyond doubt, youngster Youssef Chermiti grabbed a 97th-minute consolation.
Prior to that, Sporting Lisbon were on a run of three consecutive victories in the Primeira Liga, where they are currently fourth in the standings, 15 points adrift of first-placed Benfica. The 19-time Portuguese champions spent the first half of the season competing in the Champions League, where they flattered to deceive before falling to the Europa League.
Sporting have a 100% record against the visitors and have scored thrice in both previous meetings.
Midtjylland, meanwhile, are winless in their last seven away games in Europe. Sporting have suffered just four defeats in 35 home games in the Europa League and should emerge victorious.
Prediction: Sporting 2-1 Midtjylland
This match will start from 1:15 AM
This match will take place on 17 February 2023
Experienced defender Sebastian Coates returned to the XI against Porto and the 32-year-old defender should team up with Goncalo Inacio and Matheus Reis for the second consecutive game.
Uribe and Pepe should pair at the centre of the park, with Nuno Santos and Hector Bellerin taking up the wing back roles.
Chermiti has caught the eye with his string of impressive performances and the 18-year-old, who has registered three goal involvements in his last three games, should lead the attack alongside Marcus Edwards and Francisco Trincao.
On the injury front, Amorim will be unable to call upon Portuguese midfielder Daniel Braganca, who has been sidelined since last May through a cruciate ligament rupture.
Sporting:- Adan; Inacio, Coates, Reis; Bellerin, Goncalves, Ugarte, Santos; Edwards, Trincao, Chermiti
FC Midtjylland:- Lossl; Andersson, Gartenmann, Juninho, Paulinho; Olsson, Martinez, Sorensen; Isaksen, Beetson, Chilufya
Tip 1: Result – Sporting
Tip 2: Goals – Over/Under 2.5 Goals – Over 2.5
Tip 3: Pedro Gonçalves to score or assist any time – Yes
Tip 4: At least a goal to be scored in the first half – Yes
Tip 5: Sporting to score first – Yes
The hosts finished third in Group D of the Champions League to drop to the Europa League knockout playoffs. Midtjylland, meanwhile, finished second in Group F of the Europa League on goal difference after all four teams had finished with eight points.
Sporting lost 2-1 at arch-rivals Porto in the Primeira Liga on Sunday. It was their second defeat in four outings across competitions, with the first also coming against Porto last month.