Our football match prediction:
Sporting Lisbon are five points behind their next rivals Real Madrid in Group F, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for the Portuguese outfit. Jorge Jesus’ troops are likely to go all guns blazing at los Blancos, but Tuesday’s football match will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Zinedine Zidane’s men are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Portugal as they hammered Atletico Madrid in the local derby on Saturday evening. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the Madrid derby and the former Sporting Lisbon ace is likely to make life difficult for his boyhood club. Real Madrid aim to overtake Borussia Dortmund in top position in the standings and there is every chance both teams will go for a win in Tuesday’s clash at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Real Madrid recorded a 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in the reverse fixture and we predict that history will repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (William Carvalho):
Angola-born defensive midfielder William Carvalho has overseen a dramatic rise in his stock over the past few seasons at Sporting. William Carvalho is coming from a proper football family since his father and grandfather were also footballers, but his way to the top has had a somewhat dramatic twist to it. Carvalho moved to Portugal as a child and first started playing football in the streets before he was picked up by Recreativos Desportivos de Algueriao. William Carvalho joined the Sporting football academy at the age of 13 The 24-year-old Portugal star player has spent two years on loan at Fatima and Cercle Brugge, before he got the chance to cement his place in the starting line-up for Portuguese giants. William Carvalho came through all youth ranks with the Portugal national team, while he was given his senior debut in 2013. Carvalho played an important role in his country’s maiden European Championship title in France over the summer.
Highlighted Team (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid are a Spanish football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid participate in La Liga (Primera Division) and they have won 32 domestic titles. On the other hand, los Blancos have won 11 European Cup titles and that is the main reason why they are considered the biggest football club in the world. Real Madrid play their home matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the capacity of the stadium is 84,454. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s most successful footballer in the 21st century and the Portuguese superstar has won two Golden Ball awards. The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham and Iker Casillas are star players who were part of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit in the past. Real Madrid’s bitterest rivals are Barcelona, but the rivalry between local rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is big as well. Real Madrid’s home kit is white and, as a result, the team’s nickname is los Blancos (the Whites).