Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Borussia Dortmund will look to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Borussia M’gladbach when they take on Sporting CP in the Champions League group stages round 2. Marco Rose’s troops defeated Besiktas in their opener, and a win over the Lions will see move one step closer to booking their place in the last 16. Erling Haland should recover in time to face Sporting, and, no doubt, the Norway rising start will pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Marco Reus, on the other hand, is rated doubtful for Tuesday’s showdown. Sporting CP experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-1 loss to Ajax, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in their second group game. Since the Primeira Liga champions have been struggling to find their best form in the national championship, home win should be considered. Pedro Goncalves should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Marco Reus):
Marco Reus is a German football player who was born on 31 May, 1989. The pacey attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, started his senior career at Rot Weiss Ahlen and it has to be noted that he made 43 league appearances for the club in lower leagues.
In 2009 he signed a four-year contract with Borussia M’gladbach and he scored his first Bundesliga goal against Mainz on 28 August, 2009. After impressing with the Fohlen in the 2011/2012 Bundesliga campaign, he joined Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. He has been playing for the Millionaires ever since and he represents Germany on the international stage as well.
However, he was more than unfortunate to miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup with injury when Joachim Low’s team lifted the prestigious trophy. To make things even worse for Marco Reus, he was forced to withdraw from the Germany Euro 2016 squad as well (injury). The German ace has a contract with Borussia Dortmund which expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.