Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Estadio Jose Alvalade will host Wednesday’s Champions League game between Sporting CP and Borussia Dortmund. The Lions aim to build on back-to-back wins over Besiktas, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Pedro Goncalves, who scored a brace in the Taca de Portugal win over Varzim at the weekend, is pushing for a start, as well as former PSG winger Pablo Sarabia.
The Bundesliga side, on the other hand, continue life without injured ace Erling Haland, who should be sorely missed in the Wednesday’s clash. Since important defender Mats Hummels is banned for the match, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on the capital club. In Haland’s absence, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be experienced attacker Marco Reus, who scored the winner against Stuttgart at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Sebastian Coates):
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on October 7, 1990, Sebastian Coates is a 196-cm-tall defender who plays for Sporting CP in Primeira Liga. Coates is the product of the hometown club Nacional, and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 60 appearances for the capital club in the national championship.
After ending his spell with English club Sunderland, the Uruguay international moved to Portugal, signing a loan deal with Sporting CP in January 2016. He signed a permanent contract with the Lions in February 2017.
Speaking of his international career, Sebastian Coastes made his full Uruguay debut against Chile at the 2011 Copa America. La Celeste won the trophy, with the team beating Paraguay 3-0 in the final of the competition at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires. Coates wears the number 4 shirt at Sporting CP, and his preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.