Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Vorskla will be looking to make amends for a 4-2 loss to Arsenal when they host Sporting CP at their Stadion Vorskla im Oleksiya Butov’skogo on Thursday evening. Vorskla have been producing fine performances in the Ukrainian national championship in the first half of the season, but they need to be at their sharpest against Sporting if they are go grab something from their second group game. The Ukrainians should be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match, but seeing that the Portuguese side proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Qarabag, away win should be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced midfielder Nani, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors, who are eager to book their place in the knockout stages.
Highlighted Player (Ardin Dallku):
Ardin Dallku is a Kosovo international who was born in Vucitrn (FR Yugoslavia) on November 1, 1994. After spending his youth career at Prishtina and Vorskla Poltava, he continued playing for the Ukrainian side at senior level. The 184-cm tall defender made his Vorskla debut on December 10, 2016, starting the match against Volyn Lutsk.
Ardin Dallku’s main position is centre-back and his preferred foot is right. Ardin Dallku scored his first ever goal for Vorskla on August 12, 2017 in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stal. Dallku is very good in the air and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at in the Ukrainian side.
Speaking of his international career, Dallku made his Kosovo debut in a 4-3 win over Latvia on November 13, 2017. Dallku started the match, but he was replaced by Lirim Kastrati II after 70 minutes. The Kosovo international will play for Vorskla in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages.
Highlighted Team (Sporting Portugal):
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.