Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Juventus play host to Sporting at their Allianz Stadium in a highly-anticipated Europa League game. The Bianconeri aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to, and they are seen as favourites to win the first leg. Moise Kean is back from the Serie A ban, while Paul Pogba remains in the recovery room. Fit-again winger Federico Chiesa is pushing for a start, as well as defender Danilo, who replaced Juan Cuadrado at the weekend.
The Lisbon Lions, on the other hand, head into the match following a thrilling 4-3 win over Casa Pia. Sporting did well to eliminate Arsenal in the last 16, but seeing that Juve have been impressive on home soil of late, we are tempted to put our money on Max Allegri’s troops. Midfielder Manuel Ugarte is banned for the visiting side following his sending off in the triumph over Arsenal, while all Braganca, Cabral, and Paulinho should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Angel di Maria):
Angel Di Maria is a professional footballer who played for Argentine side Rosario Central at the start of his senior career. The left-footed winger is very quick on the ball and he often makes life difficult for opposition defenders. After playing for Benfica between 2007 and 2010, the Argentine superstar signed for Real Madrid on 28 June, 2010 for a fee of €25 million + €11 million in bonuses.
Despite impressing with los Blancos in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, the club chiefs decided to sell him to Manchester United on 26 August, 2014. Di Maria was playing below expectations at Old Trafford and he scored three goals in 27 league games for the Red Devils.
In 2015 he moved to Paris Saint-Germain and he scored 10 goals in 29 league appearances for les Parisiens in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign. In 2014 he won the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and that is considered the biggest success of his career. Angel Di Maria was born in Rosario on 14 February, 1988.
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.