[ClevPicks Prediction]: Frankfurt vs. Sporting CP: Time To Shine In Europe For Gotze?
Mario Götze, an offensive midfielder for Eintracht Frankfurt, will aim to surpass Sporting's renowned striker Pedro Goncalves in the UEFA Champions League.
When Eintracht Frankfurt plays Sporting CP at home on Wednesday in their UEFA Champions League debut, they will be relying on Mario Götze's plethora of elite-level expertise (kick-off: 6.45pm CEST).
The World Cup winner and Champions League veteran Götze shone at the weekend as the Eagles warmed up for Sporting in grand style with a sparkling 4-0 victory over RB Leipzig. Götze has played in 62 Champions League matches for former clubs Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Because Daichi Kamada and newcomer Randal Kolo Muani were unable to participate in that contest, head coach Oliver Glasner is eager to use the group in Europe. Sebastian Rode, the Eagles' captain, is out due to an injury sustained in the first half of their match against Leipzig. The Eagles, who advanced to the Champions League by winning the UEFA Europa League last season, are without Rode. If Rode doesn't recover, the recent signing Eric Dina Ebimbe should once more play in midfield.
Sporting, who were champions two seasons ago and finished second to Porto last year, are currently ranked seventh in the Liga Portugal. The Lions lost to the champions and newly promoted Chaves twice before bouncing back on Friday to win 2-0 at Estoril. Jeremiah St. Juste, a former Mainz defender, scored his first goal for his new team in that match, while Marcus Edwards, an English winger, also scored. Sporting lost two outstanding central midfielders in the summer transfer window in Joao Palhinha (to Fulham) and Matheus Nunes (to Wolves), but they strengthened their offense by signing Francisco Trincao on a loan from Barcelona. Sebastian Coates, a former Liverpool defender, Pedro Porro, a Spanish wingback, and Pedro Goncalves, a Portuguese attacker, all shone in the group stage of the previous season, when Lisbon edged out Dortmund to go to the round of 16.
Götze, a member of Dortmund's 2012–13 Champions League-winning team, has contributed to Frankfurt's last two victories and four-game winning streak.
Kamada, a Japanese attacking midfielder, with five goals overall and three in his past four games combined.
Since joining the Bundesliga from Nantes, French forward Kolo Muani has two goals and four assists in five games.
Frankfurt is playing in its first Champions League season, although in its lone previous trip in the European Cup in 1959/60, they advanced all the way to the final.
Before heading to Portugal this summer, Dutch speedster St. Juste, the fastest player in Bundesliga history, scored three goals in 69 games for Mainz, a local rival of Eintracht.
Sporting has lost seven straight games in Germany and has a winless record there (D1, L13). They have an overall record of W3, D6, L19 against German clubs.
Frankfurt: Trapp (c) - Jakic, Tuta, Ndicka, Lenz - Dina Ebimbe, Sow - Lindstrom, Götze, Kamada - Kolo Muani
Out: Buta (knee), Rode (hamstring), Toure (muscular)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
Sporting: Adan - St. Juste, Coates (c), Inacio - Porro, Morita, Ugarte, Reis - Trincao, Edwards, Goncalves
Out: Cabral (muscle)
Doubtful: Paulinho (muscle)
Coach: Ruben Amorim
There will be a sense of optimism into this match because both teams won their most recent league match. Although we anticipate Sporting to score in Germany, we are betting on Frankfurt to capitalize on their home field advantage in what should be a thrilling match.
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