Preview: Barcelona v Sporting LisbonDecember 5, 2017
Match-day six in the UEFA Champions League is upon us and Barcelona will hope to maintain their 100% win record at home this season.
However they will be without defender Samuel Umtiti who has been ruled out for 8 weeks following an injury he sustained at the weekend in Barcelona’s draw against Celta Vigo.
Despite already qualifying for the round of 16 coach Ernesto Valverde won’t take the game lightly, speaking ahead of the match Valverde had this to say ” The Champions League has given us a lot and we want it to continue doing so, so we have to respect it.” He added “Sporting are a great team. We know about their potential, the fact they take this competition very seriously, and their need for a result to qualify.”
Visitors Sporting will come into this game knowing that they must win to have any hope of progressing into the last 16. However the match will be a tough challenge for Lisbon as Barcelona have won their last 14 home Champions league games scoring 52 goals in the process and only conceding 7.
Barcelona have an impressive record against Portuguese opposition winning 8 of their last ten games whilst drawing the other two.
Striker Luis Suarez who became Barcelona 10th all-time goalscorer at the weekend will be hoping to break his Champions League drought tonight as he has failed to score in last 716 minutes of play.
The first meeting of these two earlier on this season finished 1-0 to the Catalan club as sporting Lisbon defender Sebastian Coates put the ball in his own net back in September.