Go Big or Go Home
It has been a great Group Stage, so much so that there are still tickets available for the Round of 16. The winner of this matchup between the fifth-place teams in the Primeira Liga and Bundesligawill get one. If they draw, everything will depend on what happens in France between Marseille and Tottenham.
As expected, Sporting Lisbon dominates the soccer lines, but let’s not forget that last season that Frankfurt won the UEFA Europa League by going undefeated. It’s going to be a back-and-forth battle.
Sporting Lisbon: Two Versions
Sporting Lisbon won their first two UCL matches without too much trouble. In fact, they did it without conceding a single goal. After that, they lost twice to Marseille by a 6-1 aggregate. As if that wasn’t enough, three of their players were sent off – one in the first leg, two in the second.
Most recently, they visited Tottenham and managed to win a point as the game finished 1-1. Marcus Edwards scored the opener for the Lions in the first half while Rodrigo Bentancur saved the day for the Spurs in the 80th minute.
That result opened another door for them toward the Round of 16. If Tottenham defeats Marseille and Sporting Lisbon vs Frankfurt finishes tied, the Portuguese will advance to the Round of 16. The thing is that if Sporting wins, they could even advance to first place.
More good news for the Lions: Ricardo Esgaio and Pedro Goncalves will return after missing the game in London due to suspension. Goncalves is one of the main reasons for you to consider including the home side in your soccer picks at +135. He’s the team’s top scorer in the Primeira Liga with six goals.
Frankfurt: At Home on the Road
As mentioned before, Frankfurt is the reigning UEL champion after winning the continental tournament last season with an unbeaten record. As if that wasn’t enough, they only lost three of their last 10 games on the road in all competitions, winning the last two by a 5-1 aggregate.
Regarding the UCL, they played host to Marseille in their last game and won 2-1. Daichi Kamada and Randal Kolo Muani were the scorers. If Sporting Lisbon has Goncalves, Frankfurt has Kamada. The Japanese standout has scored 11 goals in all competitions.
The Eagles will also have a player returning after missing their last game due to suspension. We’re talking about Lucas Melo, who was sent off during their match against Tottenham in London, in which they put up a really good fight but lost 3-2.
I think all of the above is enough to call Frankfurt a tempting online gambling underdog.
Sporting Lisbon vs Frankfurt Head-to-Head
The first leg, which was held in Frankfurt on Sept. 7, was the first time that these two met in a UEFA competition. Sporting Lisbon had no mercy and crushed the home side 3-0 with Edwards, Trincao and Nuno Santos as the scorers. Curiously enough, Frankfurt took more shots in total than Sporting, but the Portuguese also won possession with 57 percent.
Sporting Lisbon vs Frankfurt Match Information
- Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Location: Jose Alvalade, Lisbon
- Sporting Lisbon vs Frankfurt Live stream: fubo.tv
Sporting Lisbon vs Frankfurt Betting Lines
Sporting Lisbon vs Frankfurt Prediction
If you were looking for an underdog to include in your betting online ticket, stop. Frankfurt is the way. The Eagles are used to playing under pressure and getting good results, like when they defeated Barcelona at Camp Nou 3-2. Kamada is on fire, and there’s also Mario Gotze, who knows a thing or two about scoring in crucial matches. He scored Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina. Summing up, it’s going to be a close one, but the Eagles will come on top by one goal.
Score Prediction: Frankfurt 2, Sporting Lisbon 1
Sporting Lisbon is listed at +135 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Sporting Lisbon, you have a chance to win $135. Frankfurt is +200, offering a chance to win $200 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Sporting Lisbon a 42.55%% chance to win, with Frankfurt at 33.33%%.