Barcelona – Sporting – UEFA Champions League Prediction and Preview: 5th December 2017
Barcelona ranks first in UEFA Champions League D, with 11 points in 5 games. The hosts are in a slightly stalemate at the moment. After winning the Champions League with Juventus, the Catalans finished equally in the championship ahead of Valencia and Celta Vigo last round. Argentinean Lionel Messi is the scorer of the Champions League team with 3 goals scored in the group. The hosts can not rely on the injuries O. Dembele, J. Mascherano, Rafinha and S. Umtiti.
On the other side, Sporting is on the 3rd position of this Champions League group, with 7 points scored in 5 stages. The guests come after a good series of matches, managed to impose in the last 4 official games. A few days ago, the Portuguese defeated Belenenses in the championship, scoring 1-0. Brazilian B. Cesar is the best scorer in the group, with 2 goals scored in 5 games. Argentinean J. Silva will not be doing this because of medical problems.
Although they are already qualified, the Catalans will certainly play their chances in this game. On the other hand, Sporting needs success and a draw in the Juventus duel to reach optimum. I’m looking forward to a beautiful game, on both sides.