Publicado: Mier, Diciembre 06, 2017
Deporte | By Armando Espinosa

Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon 5 December 2017: UCL Preview and Prediction

Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon 5 December 2017: UCL Preview and Prediction

Ernesto Valverde does have some injuries to deal with in his squad and he may choose to give some fringe players an opportunity to start as they've already secured qualification.

"We are happy for that, but our opponents have a lot at stake, there's an obligation to win and we're playing in a competition which we like a lot".

Barcelona will be at home as they take on Sporting Lisbon is the UEFA Champions League this week.

Of course, that's a huge ask.

Atletico are another side whose destiny is not in their own hands, but a recent upturn in form will see them travel in hope of getting a positive result from Stamford Bridge, especially as Chelsea have already assured their place in the next round. He only featured for the final 30 minutes, but that third was infinitely better than the opening hour, and it was all of the Argentine's orchestrating.

Barcelona are still dealing with some pretty major injury issues, with Andres Iniesta and Samuel Umtiti joining a list long anchored by Javier Mascherano, Ousmane Dembele, and Rafinha.

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Barca made most of the early running, but it was Sporting who had the first effort of any note on 16 minutes when Bruno Fernandes tried his luck from distance but Jasper Cillessen made the save.

- Barcelona are guaranteed of top spot in their group for the 11th consecutive season, the longest run in the history of the Champions League.

3 - Qarabag have had a player sent off in each of their last three Champions League games, a feat only previously managed by Bordeaux (2000) and Juventus (2001). Lisbon will likely come out on the attacking front, as a victory will boost their chances of securing second place. His last goal dates back to March 2017 against Paris SG.

Both teams made changes after the goal, with Lionel Messi entering the fray. Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's games, Barcelona have won their group.

Dost scuffed his angled shot into the ground and over the crossbar when a looping cross from Marcos Acuna dropped to him after ghosting into the right side of the Barcelona box. Many teams don't pose trouble to Barcelona, yet that is exactly what Sporting did in the reverse fixture. Fernandes totaled 21 points in his last Champions League match against Olympiacos after finding the back of the net, and this was due in part due to the high floor he has through his shot taking volume and crossing ability. Consider the Portuguese midfielder in your lineups as a Must-Have at only $5,300.

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