Our football match prediction:
Over the years Sporting have established themselves as one of the best Portuguese sides. The Lions finished the 2016/2017 Primeira Liga campaign in third place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Champions League qualifiers. Jorge Jesus’s men have been handed an easy draw and seeing that they have turned their Estadio Jose Alvalade into a real fortress, we predict that the Portuguese side will emerge triumphant in Tuesday’s football match. A man to watch in the home team will be pacey winger Gelson Martins. Steaua, on the other hand, rolled over Viktoria Plzen (6-3 on agg.) in the Champions League third qualifying round and the Romanians will be looking to build on the triumph when they square off against Sporting in Lisbon. However, given the quality of the Portuguese team, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed.
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 (Steaua Bucharest):
Over the years Steaua have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Romania. Founded on 7 June, 1947 the club won their first domestic trophy in 1951 and they have been the dominant force in the Romanian football ever since. In 2015 Steaua won their 26th national championship, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the 1985/1986 Champions League (European Cup) trophy. The Ros-Albastrii did well to beat Barcelona in the title game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. Three years later they made it to the final of the elite competition, but Milan proved to be a big catch for the Romanian champions in the Camp Nou showdown. Steaua suffered a 4-0 loss to Rossoneri in the 1989 European Cup final. A number of high-profile footballers played for Steaua in the past, but, no doubt, Gheorghe Hagi is the most famous player who wore the club’s shirt. The Ros-Albastrii play their home games at Arena Nationala, the stadium that was opened on 20 February, 2008.