Sporting Lisbon has a huge task ahead as it looks to bounce back from its 1-0 loss to Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses for the UEL.
Sporting Lisbon: Tough Nut to Crack
Sporting battled hard in the first leg against Juventus, but it found its hosts very tough to break down as it was beaten 1-0 at Allianz Stadium. This defeat came despite the Portuguese side having a better xG, more shots on target, and possession than its opponents. Ultimately, Sporting was unable to break down Juventus’ rock-solid defense that did ride its luck at times.
There was enough in its performance last week to see Sporting enter this clash with some real confidence. The club will have to take its chances, but it will likely get its fair share of opportunities to contribute on the scoresheet, so if you’re Europa League betting, you should expect it to score at least one goal on its own.
Sporting Lisbon has thus bagged at least two goals in each of the previous four home matches across competitions, a run that includes the 2-2 draw to Premier League leader Arsenal in the previous round. Without a doubt, the club has quality in its ranks and proved to have what it takes to challenge Juventus seven days ago in Turin. A much-changed Sporting side drew 1-1 in its league match with Arouca on Sunday, losing ground on European qualification, which makes progression from this tie vital.
Europa League Juve’s Main Objective
Juventus’ task for the end-of-season run-in is very clear. Max Allegri knows his team needs to keep winning games to keep its European qualification hopes alive. Despite the major setback of a 15-point deduction, Juventus has reacted with strong form in recent weeks and could still haul itself back into the reckoning.
Allegri’s troops have relied on narrow wins to keep themselves in contention and are also facing a demanding schedule due to their Coppa Italia and Europa League commitments. Across its last nine games across all competitions, Juventus has scored two or more goals on just one occasion. That pattern is expected to continue on Thursday against Sporting.
Both Federico Chiesa and Angel Di Maria are pushing for a start, while Alex Sandro is back from a domestic ban. All Moise Kean, Kaio Jorge, Mohammed Ihattaren, and Mattia De Sciglio should miss out with injuries, but Max Allegri can count on key players for the Europa League showdown after resting many of them in the 1-0 defeat to Sassuolo. Still, we still can’t trust Juventus enough to include it in our Europa League picks and parlays.
Sporting vs Juventus Head-to-Head
Juventus enters this clash on the back of two wins and a draw in the last three encounters with Sporting. Neither of the last two head-to-heads saw three or more goals scored. The teams played a 1-1 draw in their lone head-to-head meeting in Lisbon.
The hosts have failed to win across their last four European home matches, and have lost each of the last six two-legged ties with Italian clubs.
Juventus made it four consecutive European victories with a clean sheet for the first time since the 2016-17 Champions League campaign
Sporting vs Juventus Match Information
- Match: Sporting (4-3-4) vs Juventus (5-1-5)
- Location: Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 20, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Sporting Lisbon vs Juventus live Stream: fuboTV
Sporting vs Juventus Betting Lines
Sporting vs Juventus Picks and Prediction
The hosts enter this clash as favorites, priced at +125 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest Europa League odds, while the goal line is set at two.
Now, with a Europa League semifinal on the cards, Juventus will need to use all of its experience if it is to defeat a Sporting side that has already accounted for Arsenal in the competition.
Juventus has been very tough to break down in the Serie A since the beginning of the season, but it did reveal defensive holes in some of the recent away outings against the likes of Roma and Lazio.
This tie is far from over as the discontinuation of the away goals rule gives the hosts a chance to reach the UEL semis for only the second time ever.
The Sporting are listed at +125 in our Vegas UEFA Europa League lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Sporting, you have a chance to win $125. The Juventus are +235, offering a chance to win $235 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Sportinga 44.44% chance to win, with Juventus at 29.85%.