Sporting Lisabon vs Villarreal / Europa League – This is a clash between teams that have mildly deteriorated this season, especially when the championship is in question. Maybe this is an overstatement for Sporting, but they are fourth in the Portuguese Championships and their biggest rivals are far ahead. Villarreal is on the penultimate place in LaLiga, which says it all, as well as a very long series without a victory. Sporting has been slightly comforted by winning the League Cup, and this will be the first match between them.
Sporting Lisabon vs Villarreal begins 14.02.2019 at 21:00 CET
Sporting has won the League Cup and it was with a victory over Porto, but they have after that lost a derby in the championship from Benfica at home, and they were mastered by the same rival in the first match of the Cup semi-finals. It was 2-1 and it certainly leaves hope that Sporting can get to the finals, as well as a chance to win another trophy. They will not certainly do that in the championship because they have nine points less than the leading Porto. They defeated Feirense in the last round with 3-1, and they are entering in this duel without help from Mathieu and Nani.
Probable lineups Sporting Lisabon: Salin – Gaspar, Coates, Ilori, Acuna – Luis, Gudelj, B.Fernandes – Diaby, B.Dost, Cabral
It would be great for Villarreal if they would make some result in Europa League, but the problem for this team is LaLiga. The situation in that competition is much more difficult, because they are on the penultimate place and the relegation zone is four points away. It is not unattainable, with the proviso that they would have to defeat someone and win. They did not do that for exactly ten rounds and they mostly recorded defeats and draws in that period. In the previous two rounds, they managed to play a draw against Espanyol on their field and with Valladolid away. They will have duels with Atletico and Sevilla, which will not be easy, and J.Coste will not also be a part of this match due to the suspension, while Soriano and Trigueros are injured.
Probable lineups Villarreal: A.Fernandez – A.Gonzalez, V.Ruiz, Funes Mori – Mario, Fornals, Iborra, Cazorla, Pedraza – Bacca, Toko Ekambi
Sporting Lisabon vs Villarreal PICK
Both teams are not in the best form, but Sporting has reduced the pressure slightly after winning the League Cup, so now they want to go further in this competition. Villarreal has to think about the championship more, which is why we give the host the advantage in this match.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Sporting
Odds: 1.62 at comeon (down to 1.55 can be played)
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