Steaua Bucharest vs Sporting CP
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Play-off
Date: Wednesday, 23rd August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: National Arena, Bucharest.
Steaua put themselves in a commanding position by earning a goal-less draw in the first leg. Also, they have a huge psychological advantage as Sporting lost in all their previous three trips to Bulgaria as well as their two play-off ties in the Champions League.
There are more stats that strongly put the Romanians as strong favourites to win this won. Sporting managed only a handful of wins in Champions League, 4 wins from 21 games. Moreover, they lost six away games on the bounce, and haven’t won in 10 games since December 2008.
Form-wise, both teams are in decent shape, but Steaua the better in fitness and spirits with their 10 match unbeaten run in all competitions this season.
Meantime, Sporting are unbeaten in five games and the only time they fail to win is in the first leg of the corresponding fixture. They did look lethal at the weekend and put 5 goals past Vitoria Guimaraes.
Steaua Bucharest vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head
The first leg is the lone meeting between the two clubs.
Steaua are unbeaten against Portuguese teams at home with a win and 2 draws from 3 matches.
Sporting lost in all their three previous three visits to Romania without scoring.
Steaua Bucharest vs Sporting CP: Prediction
On paper, Steaua Bucharest do not have the quality Sporting posses, but the home advantage could play a big role in getting the team into the Champions League group stage. Besides, there are enough stats that point towards a home win and one must hesitate to seize the opportunity to win big.
Steaua Bucharest vs Sporting CP: Bet Tips
To Qualify – Steaua Bucharest at 3.00 @ Bet365.