Sporting vs Vorskla
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 133 December 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon).
Thursday’s sixth round tie between Sporting and Vorskla will by no means affect final standings in Group E. The hosts have already qualified for the round of 432 for the record seventh time after bagging six goals past Qarabag on Matchday No 5. It was their biggest European win in 28 years. However, it won’t help the Lions in the battle for the top spot in the group as Arsenal are three points clear with a better head to head record.
Bas Dost, Brno Fernandes and Nani notched first half goals away on the Azerbaijani soil for the Portuguese outfit to open up the way for a demolishing victory. Right winger Abdoulay Diaby took advantage of the situation to add a brace in the second half as the Lions managed a 1-6 victory at the end.
The hosts backed up such result with a pair of impressive domestic wins over Rio Ave (1-3) and Desportivo Aves (4-1). They notched a superb 17-goal tally in last four games across competitions and will head into this in the highest of spirits.
Sporting vs Vorskla: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head meeting between the two sides.
The Lions were a goal down at the 90th minute of the clash played in early-October in Poltava, but managed to come out of it victorious.
Substitutes Fredy Montero and Jovane Cabral bagged two goals within three minutes of the stoppage time to help Sporting snatch an important comeback win on the occasion.
Sporting vs Vorskla: Prediction
Vorskla took only three points in five games so far in the competition. They are only playing not to finish at the very foot of the group standings which would be at least some sort of consolation for them. However, their recent form does not promise success at Jose Alvalade given the Ukrainians were on a five-loss thread in all competitions before beating Chornomoreets 0-1 on the road last weekend.
The visitors scored only one goal in last six matches in all competitions. Even though Marcel Keizer will give rest to his main stars in this non-important affair, we will back Sporting to confirm the gap in quality between the two sides and pick up an easy clean sheet win here.
Sporting vs Vorskla: Bet Tips
HT/FT Sporting/Sporting @ 1.72 (8/11)
Sporting to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83 (5/6).