FC FCSB vs Sporting CP Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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FC FCSB vs Sporting CP Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

FCSB and Sporting Lisbon will square off at the National Arena on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Champions League play-offs tie, with both sides looking for a place in the group stage. Sporting Lisbon controlled the first-leg clash since the first whistle, but they looked short in front of goal and both sides had to settle for a nil-nil draw. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

I’m expecting another low-scoring affair as Sporting haven’t conceded a single goal in their last five games, while FCSB have only scored four goals in their most recent four fixtures. I’m also backing Sporting to qualify further in the competition as they definitely have more quality within their ranks than the Romanians.

Under 2.5 goals at 8/13

Sporting to win at 19/20

FC FCSB saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Sporting CP saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Sporting CP have conceeded only 1 goals in their last 2 games against FC FCSB

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

FC FCSB Form Guide

FC FCSB Team Logo

FC FCSB

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
W H

03-12-2017

Liga I

Juventus Bucuresti Team Logo Juventus Bucuresti

FT 4 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

07-12-2017

Europa League Grp. G

Lugano Team Logo Lugano

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

10-12-2017

Liga I

Botosani Team Logo Botosani

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

17-12-2017

Liga I

FC Viitorul Constanta Team Logo FC Viitorul Constanta

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

25-01-2018

Club Friendlies

Admira Moedling Team Logo Admira Moedling

FT 3 - 2

(HT 3 - 0)

W A

03-02-2018

Liga I

Gaz Metan Medias Team Logo Gaz Metan Medias

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

10-02-2018

Liga I

CFR Cluj Team Logo CFR Cluj

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

15-02-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Lazio Team Logo Lazio

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

18-02-2018

Liga I

Dinamo Bucuresti Team Logo Dinamo Bucuresti

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

22-02-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Lazio Team Logo Lazio

FT 5 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

Sporting CP Form Guide

Sporting CP Team Logo

Sporting CP

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
D A

19-01-2018

Primeira Liga

Vitoria de Setubal Team Logo Vitoria de Setubal

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

24-01-2018

League Cup Final Stage

FC Porto Team Logo FC Porto

FT 4 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

27-01-2018

League Cup Final Stage

Vitoria de Setubal Team Logo Vitoria de Setubal

FT 5 - 6

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

31-01-2018

Primeira Liga

Vitoria de Guimaraes Team Logo Vitoria de Guimaraes

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

04-02-2018

Primeira Liga

Estoril Team Logo Estoril

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

07-02-2018

Cup

FC Porto Team Logo FC Porto

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

11-02-2018

Primeira Liga

Feirense Team Logo Feirense

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

15-02-2018

Europa League Final Stage

FC Astana Team Logo FC Astana

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

19-02-2018

Primeira Liga

Tondela Team Logo Tondela

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

22-02-2018

Europa League Final Stage

FC Astana Team Logo FC Astana

FT 3 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

FC FCSB Preview

FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, finished only in second in the Romanian Liga 1 last season tied on 44 points with the eventual champions FC Viitorul. However, the Romanian side had a solid start into the 2017/18 competitive season as they are currently on a ten-game unbeaten streak across all competitions. FCSB have struggled a little bit recently, as their stalemate against Sporting last week was their third draw in a row. Furthermore, they barely avoided a humiliating defeat at the hands of the newly-promoted FC Juventus Bucharest in the Liga 1 at the weekend, as they fought back from one-goal down to secure a 1-2 victory. This leaves them only in third in the Liga 1 table tied on 15 points with the second-placed CS U. Craiova and four points behind the current leaders CFR Cluj. On home soil, FCSB have only lost once in their last 14 home fixtures across all competitions and are currently on a six-game unbeaten run. The bad news is that they have struggled for form in their Champions League home fixtures over the past two years, winning just once in their last five games. However, the Romanian side have a rich history in the Champions League as they managed to reach the group stage in seven occasions, although their last participation was in 2013/14.

FC FCSB Team News

Mihai Pintilii and Mihai Alexandru Balasa are both missing through injury ahead of this game.

Sporting CP Preview

Meanwhile, Sporting Lisbon enter the fray on the back of a five-game unbeaten run across all competitions, winning four in the process. They only drew 0-0 with FCSB last week, but they looked in control for the entire duration of the game. Sporting have been impeccable at the back over the past month, keeping a clean sheet in each of their last five games across all competitions. The Portuguese side still have a good chance of qualifying for the group stage of the competition as a goal on Wednesday night should be enough to book their place in the next stage of the competition. Sporting have reached the Champions League group stage two times in the last four years. The most worrying fact is that Sporting have lost both their previous Champions League play-offs, against Fiorentina in 2009/10 and CSKA Moscow in 2015/16. Last season, Sporting Lisbon finished at the bottom of the group F table with just three points after six rounds. The bad news is that Sporting are winless in their last ten away games in the Champions League and have lost their most recent six.

Sporting CP Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns ahead of this tie.

FC FCSB Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Sporting CP Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

FC FCSB vs Sporting CP Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Florin Nita 185 74
15 CD Marko Momcilovic 184 -
6 CD Ionut Larie - -
44 LB Gabriel Enache 187 -
12 RB Junior Morais 176 73
22 CM Catalin Golofca - -
11 CM Constantin Budescu 185 -
80 CM Felipe Teixeira 175 67
8 CDM Lucian Ionut Filip 180 77
23 CDM Ovidiu Popescu - -
7 CF Denis Alibec 187 77
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Rui Patricio 190 84
5 RB Fabio Coentrao 179 72
4 CD Sebastian Coates 196 91
92 LB Cristiano Piccini 180 75
22 CD Jeremy Mathieu 189 84
9 CM Marcos Acuna 172 72
77 RM Gelson Martins 173 66
23 CM Adrien Silva 175 69
16 CDM Rodrigo Andres Battaglia 186 74
8 LM Bruno Fernandes 173 65
88 CF Seydou Doumbia 178 70