Europa League action is back in club football. We have reached the business end of the tournament and in a few weeks we will have the final two names who will fight it out for the Europa League trophy. On Friday, Juventus will be hosting Sporting Allianz Stadium for the first leg of the semi-final. We predict an absolute thriller between the two evenly-matched teams.
Juventus defeated their German counterparts SC Freiburg with an aggregate score of 0-3. The Serie A club has played some quality football in recent times.
Sporting gave one of the biggest upsets in their round 16 fixture as they defeated Premier League giants Arsenal through a penalty shootout in the 2nd leg. The football betting sites have Europa League odds on their platform.
Even after facing a fine for the points because of the financial deregulation, Juventus have done really well and have bounced back in the tournament. They are currently at the 7th spot in the Serie A point table and now the club will be eying to somehow qualify for the next season of the European tournament. The club is coming to play a Europa League fixture after facing an unexpected defeat against Lazio.
Paul Pogba is again in the injury room because of his muscle injury.
Predicted Lineup: Szczesny, Gatti, Bremer, Danilo; Cuadrado, Fagioli, Locatelli, Maria, Kostic, Kean, Vlahovic
It was a complete shock for everyone including the winners when Sporting defeated Arsenal in a penalty shootout in their round 16 fixture. They have come a long way in the tournament and now the Primeira Liga giants will be motivated enough to reach close to the Europa League trophy. The club is coming to play the Europa League fixture after scoring a win against Casa Pia by 3-4.
Manuel Ugarte won’t be travelling with the team because of his suspension in the last game.
Predicted Lineup: Adan; St. Juste, Inacio, Reis; Esgaio, Ugarte, Goncalves, Santos, Edwards, Paulinho, Trincao
Juventus carry an excellent record in home games. They have always bounced back after a defeat and we predict they will do so again. They have more quality in their squad and we expect them to cruise past Sporting Lisbon in the first leg.