Vorskla vs Sporting CP
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 4th October 2018
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Oleksiy Butovsky Vorskla Stadium (Poltava).
Sporting CP seek an end to bad run of results on European away nights when they travel to Vorskla this Thursday.
The Portuguese giants made a strong start in all competitions by picking 5 wins and 1 draw from 7 matches.
Their Europa League campaign started with a comfortable 2-0 home win to Qarabag. With Arsenal being the only strong team in the group, Sporting have a potential easy route to the knockouts, but they must start improving away results to avoid an upset.
Sporting’s previous 23 away games in Europa League produced just 3 wins, while they drew 6 and lost in 14. Besides, the team conceded 2 or more goals on 12 occasions. This is bad news for head-coach José Peseiro when he take his team to a relatively unknown territory in Ukraine.
Vorskla were beaten 2-4 by Arsenal at Emirates, yet they will be happy with the 2 goals they scored. This also reflects the way this team is playing this season as they scored at least once in all but 1 of their 9 competitive games this season.
Vasyl Sachko’s team boast a decent defensive record by their domestic standards, but this will be tested against a strong side from Portugal.
On top of that, Vorskla’s only previous appearance at the Europa League group stage leaves no good memories as they ended up without a win from 6 matches.
Vorskla vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head
Thursday mark their first head-to-head meeting between Vorskla and Sporting CP.
Vorskla’s only previous meeting with a club from Portugal happened in the 2009/10 Europa League play-off. They did bag a welcome 2-1 win against Benfica here back then after a humbling 0-4 defeat in the away leg.
Sporting CP are unbeaten in their 6 overall meetings with Ukrainian clubs, 5 wins and 1 draw. The three trips to Ukraine saw 2 wins and 1 draw.
Vorskla vs Sporting CP: Prediction
Sporting are not the best travelers in Europa. They won just 3 of their 23 away matches in this competition since 2011 and lost a whopping 14 games in the process.
We know Vorskla are huge underdogs here, but they can replicate the spirit shown against Arsenal on opening day, we may well end up seeing them getting at least a goal here.
At the same time, Vorskla’s three home competitive home games saw both teams scoring and Sporting scored 4 in as many away games. This makes both teams to score priced at 11/10 a must grab value bet.
Vorskla vs Sporting CP: Betting Tips
Over 0.5 goal for Vorskla @ 2/3 (1.66)
Value is in backing Both teams to Score for 11/10 (2.10).