I have another UEFA Champions League for today as Sporting Lisbon will host FCSB. The home side is favourite to win this match and they should dominate this clash from the beginning. This match is absolutely clear. The home side will dominate ball possession from the beginning of the match and they will have the best chances to score. They will push hard controlling the game and they will collect a lot of corners. They are a very strong team able to give problems even to Real Madrid last season in Champions League and they will try to have a very comfortable win against the romanian side at home. They will miss Coentrao and Carvalho. Both are good players but the home side should be able to win anyway.
FCSB it's nothing special at the moment...they will miss key players Budescu, Teixeira and Balasa. Also, new signings Benzar and Nedelcu are ineligible for this match. They are still unbeaten in this season but they are not looking good...their level of football is very low and they have a new manager without experience. I think that they will play a defensive minded match, trying to not concede and to go on counterattacks. They are a very poor team and despite being unbeaten, they will have big troubles against a top team.
I'm expecting the home side to have much more ball possession (around 60%) and to shot a lot of times on target. They know how important is to win today (maybe with big difference) and they will be fully motivated attacking from the beginning.
FCSB will not collect a lot of corners..they will focus on defense from the beginning. Sporting Lisbon, on the other hand, should collect 5/6/7 or even more corners. They are a team that collects a lot of corners especially when they are pushing hard. Line for corners is not that high and we should see the home side collecting at least 4 corners more than FCSB.
1AH- 3.5 corners is my tip.
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