Faced with a Sporting squad for qualification, Barcelona complete on Tuesday, December 5, their participation in the group stage of the European Champions League season 2017/2018. The clash in Camp Nou, in Catalonia, starts scheduled for 17:45 (Brasília time).
The locals lead Group D with 11 points. Do not lose the first position. The second wave is in dispute between Juventus, who has eight, and Sporting, with seven. The Greeks of Olympiacos, with only one point, are eliminated.
Barcelona‘s recent performance
Barça had a stumble on Saturday, December 2. Also in his stadium, was in the tie, by 2 to 2, with the Celta. Thus opened to Valencia, second placed, the chance to approach in the fight for leadership. However, the rivals were beaten by Getafe 1-0 away from home and, at the end of the day, the Catalan team ended up extending their advantage in the first place.
With 36 points (11 wins and three draws), he opened five points ahead of Valencia. Of breaking, it still extended to 21 its sequence of games unbeaten begun on August 20. There are 16 victories and 5 equalities. In this series are the games against Murcia (3 to 0 and 5 to 0) that took the team to the round of 16 of the King’s Cup of Spain.
Although three draws in the last four games may have caused some turmoil, Barcelona’s laid-back situation allows coach Ernesto Valverde to do some experiments in Tuesday’s match and give away more worn-out athletes. That could mean the absence of striker Lionel Messi (14 games in the Spanish Championship 2017/2018 edition, 13 goals). It is possible that it is related to the reservation bank.
The measure can be extended to other athletes, but will hardly mean in the squad of a fully reserve team. Even because options like defenders Javier Mascherano (six games, no goal) and Samuel Umtiti (12 games, no goal); the socks Andrés Iniesta (12 games, a goal) and Arda Turan (without performances); and striker Ousmane Dembele (two games, no goal). They are in the process of injury treatment and possibly will not be released for the match.
The current form of Sporting
After standing in the lantern of his group last season of the Champions League and not even having the right to play in the Europa League, Sporting come out well in the final round of the 2017/2018 continental group stage .
It does not depend, however, solely on its outcome. You need to beat Barcelona and hope that Juventus, who at the same time will face Olympicos in Greece, will not win a game. At worst, he will take third place and can play in the Europa League in the second half of the season.
On Friday, December 1, at home, Sporting defeated the Belenenses, 1-0, for the thirteenth round of the Portuguese Championship. Divide the leadership of the tournament with Porto. Both scored 33 points (ten wins and three draws). It takes, however, disadvantage in the balance of goals (26 to 19) appearing in the second position of the classification.
The local tournament, which has not been won for more than ten years, is certainly Sporting’s priority. However, the possibility of reaching the classification in the Champions League should make coach Jorge Jesus put the best team available to face Barcelona.
The limitations to the team definition are only presented by contusion problems. They are in the medical department and depend on a new evaluation to know if they can play the defender Jonathan Silva (six games in the Portuguese Championship 2017/2018, no goal); midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia (13 matches, one goal) and striker Seydou Doumbia (six games, no goal).
History of the matches
Barcelona were the winners in their three matches against Sporting. The first two were in the 2008/2009 edition of the Champions League. At home, the Spaniards made it 3 to 1. Away, they scored 5 to 2. In the current season, in Portugal, the success was for 1 to 0.
Even if you use some reserves and put a mixed team on the pitch, Barcelona is still the best guessing option for the match. It has a price of 1.40 in Rivalo. The prize for a tie is 5.00 and Portuguese success paid 7.50 per invested real.