Soccer News – Juventus-Sporting
Juventus hosts Sporting CP in a game from Group D of the UEFA Champions League. The match is going to be played in the city of Turin.
Being one of the big favourites for the trophy, Juventus started their participation in the Champions League in a bad way – losing against the other favourite in the group Barcelona. Just how we expected, The Old Lady fixed the mistake in the next match, being merciless against Olympiakos. Now it’s time for Juve to add some more points to their tally in this group.
It’s a strange time for Juventus, though. For a first time since many years, they are struggling in the Serie A – a competition which they usually dominate in a convincing way. During the weekend Juventus suffered an unexpected home defeat against Lazio, which left Max Allegri’s team on 5 points behind the leader Napoli. It seems that this time it won’t be as easy for them to win the title as always.
Sporting on the other hand have the same amount of points in this group as Juve – 3. They won their first game in the group against Olympiakos, before losing to Barcelona in the second round. It’s hard to think that they can beat Juve or Barca for one of the first two places in the group, but beating Olympiakos for the 3rd spot is more than a realistic goal.
In the Portuguese Primeira Liga Sporting are doing fine. They are currently 2nd in the league standings with just two points behind the leader Porto. But in the last two matches Sporting won just two points, making two consecutive draws.
Juventus is the big favourite here. The Old Lady will want to redeem itself after the loss against Lazio in the Serie A. Despite of their difficult situation, Juventus remain one of the best teams in the world.