Sporting Lisbon vs FC Midtjylland Match Analysis & Prediction
16/02/2023 11:00 pm
Sporting Lisbon and FC Midtjylland go head to head at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in the first leg of their Europa League knockout-stage tie on Thursday.
The hosts, who are currently 15 points off the top of the Primeira Liga standings, will be looking to return to winning wasy and kick off their hunt for continental glory on a high.
Sporting Lisbon failed to get ther better of league rivals Porto for the eighth successive attempt as they suffered a 2-1 defeat when the sides met last Sunday.
Ruben Amorim’s side were previously on a run of three consecutive victories in the Primeira Liga, where they are currently fourth in the standings.
Sporting Lisbon now continue their hunt for continental glory in the Europa League, where they will be looking to surpass their 2019-20 run, when they reached the last 16 before suffering a 5-4 aggregate defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
Meanwhile, Midtjylland wrapped up their 2023 Atlantic Cup campaign last Friday when they edged out Elfsborg on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Prior to that, Albert Capellas’ side ended their four-game winless run on February 6 when they claimed a 1-0 victory over South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai through a 51st-minute goal from Anderlecht loanee Kristoffer Olsson.
However, Midtjylland have struggled to get going in the Danish top flight, where they are currently winless in four successive matches, picking up three draws and losing once since October’s 2-1 victory over Horsens.
Capellas’ side now turn their attention to the Europa League, where they picked up eight points from six matches to finish second in Group F on head to head after all four sides finished level on points.
Sporting Lisbon vs. FC Midtjylland Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just two occasions in the Europa League back in 2001, where Sporting Lisbon won both matches, scoring six goals and conceding just two.
13/09/2001Sporting Lisbon3Midtjylland0Europa League
27/09/2001Midtjylland2Sporting Lisbon3Europa League
16/02/2023Sporting LisbonN/AMidtjyllandN/AEuropa League
Sporting Lisbon Team News
Experienced defender Sebastian Coates returned to the Sporting Lisbon XI against Porto and he should team up with Matheus Reis and Goncalo Inacio for the second successive game.
Mateus Uribe and Pepe should pair at the centre of the park, with Nuno Santos Hector Bellerin taking up the wing-back roles.
Sporting Lisbon's Last 5 Matches
24/01/2023Arouca1Sporting Lisbon2Taca da Liga
28/01/2023Sporting Lisbon0Porto2Taca da Liga
02/02/2023Sporting Lisbon5Sporting Braga0Primeira Liga
07/02/2023Rio Ave0Sporting Lisbon1Primeira Liga
12/02/2023Sporting Lisbon1Porto2Primeira Liga
FC Midtjylland Team News
Midtjylland will take to the pitch without Erik Sviatchenko, who will serve his European suspension after crossing the yellow card threshold with his booking against Sturm Graz on November 3.
In his absence, Brazilian defender Juninho will come into the starting side, forming the back four with Paulinho, Stefan Gartenmann and Joel Andersson.
FC Midtjylland's Last 5 Matches
21/01/2023St Pauli0Midtjylland0Club Friendlies
06/02/2023Midtjylland1Ulsan0The Atlantic Cup
10/02/2023Midtjylland(P)1Elfsborg1The Atlantic Cup
Sporting Lisbon vs. FC Midtjylland: Odds and Predictions
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