Sporting Lisbon were never expected to really compete for the top two spots in this Champions League group after being drawn alongside Juventus and Barcelona, and that’s proven to be the case, despite some spirited performances from the Portuguese side.
They have lost against both Barcelona and Juventus after beating Olympiakos in their group stage opener, but the 1-0 and 2-1 defeats respectively were by no means humiliating for them and they can take away a lot of positives from their performance.
Juventus reached the Champions League Final last year before their previously unbreakable defence crumbled under the pressure of Real Madrid. They beat Barcelona comfortably in the run up to the final, but their group opener this year afforded the Catalan club a measure of revenge as they beat them 3-0 at the Camp Nou.
Since then Juventus have beaten both Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon, but their dominance in Italy does seem to be waning a bit. They have dropped points twice already in Serie A and find themselves three points adrift of Napoli at the top of the table.
Sporting are at 14/5 to win, a draw is at 23/10, and a Juventus win is at 1/1.
Sporting CP vs Juventus News & Prediction
Sporting CP: Jorge Jesus will be unable to use forward Alan Ruiz due to an abductor muscle injury that has been holding him out for most of the month. Center back Jeremy Mathieu came off early with an injury on Saturday, so he looks a doubt for this important match.
Juventus: Max Allegri could welcome center back Benedikt Howedes back to the lineup for this match, but we suspect he will not. Fellow defender Medhi Benatia also remains out with injury.
Sporting CP vs Juventus VDB Betting Odds & Lineups
Sporting CP vs Juventus VDB Betting Odds
|Sporting CP||+½ (-115)||+325||2½ (+115)o|
|Juventus||-½ (-110)||-110||2½ (-140)u|