When he left Benfica, at the finish of last season. Sporting coach Jorge Jesus stated that he will claim title in Portugal with his current team. Accused that he lost all of important games, he replied to board that he was forced to bring players that he never wanted. However, Sporting is now at the leader position in national league and play knock out level of Europa league. With his ex club, Jorge Jesus already played final game in this competition and have a lot of experience of duels like Sporting will have tonight. In first match it was 1:0 for German team, but teams were almost equal in every aspect of the game. This time, captain Andres da Silva should start in the first eleven for Sporting in the place of main playmaker. Veteran Aquilani played in Lisboa at that position, but he did not have power to maintain high tempo for 90 minutes and was replaced at second half. Sporting had player out from 74 min, because of Semedo red card, and that also influence home team ability to score a goal.
Bayer Leverkusen is coming of Champions league as third team in group which was not so hard. Expect current champion, Barcelona, other teams like Roma and BATE Borisov are currently far from Europian top league. Also, team lost against Dortmund 3:1 at Bay Arena last game which as stretch of dropping from Cup ( lost from Werder). In generall, Bayer is not in position to be firm favorite in the match, and Sporting have nice chance to get first victory in Germany
* - Odds correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.
- Pick Sporting draw no bet
- Odds+300 WilliamHill
- Match result3-1 (-7.00)