Viktoria Pilzen – Sporting Lisbon
Viktoria Pilzen hosts Sporting Lisboa in a second match from the 1/8-finals of the Europa League. Let’s have a look at this clash in the Czech city of Pilzen, known for its great beer.
The Portuguese club have a pretty solid advantage after the first leg. The first match in Lisboa ended with a clear 2-0 win for Sporting, which puts Viktoria in a really difficult position. The Colombian striker Freddy Montero scored both goals for Sporting that night, giving his team a serious advantage.
Now Viktoria Pilzen are in a really tough situation. They have to score at least two goals to play extra time, but in same time they shall not concede. And it’s a difficult task to not concede a goal against a classy team like Sporting.
Sporting are currently 3rd in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. They are trailing on 3 points behind the 3rd Benfica, so they continue their quest for another qualification for the Champions League. In their last five games in the Primeira Liga Sporting won four times and suffered just one defeat – against the current leader Porto.
Meanwhile Viktoria Pilzen are a convincing leader in the Czech Liga, having 7 points advantage in front of the 2nd Slavia Praha. They are heading to another title and that’s obvious. Of course, Viktoria would like to stay in Europe as long as it’s possible, but iw won’t be easy against Sporting.
In their last five games in the Czech Liga Viktoria are showing a serious dip in their form. They managed to win just once – against Jablonec, making three draws and suffering one defeat. They are not in their best possible shape at the moment.
Sporting Lisboa are the big favourite against Viktoria Pilzen. They are one of the favourites for reaching the final as well.