Competition: Europa League
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 4/5 @ 888sport
With it all still to play for on Thursday evening, Sporting Lisbon will make the trip to Midtjylland for what could be an enjoyable second-leg showdown.
Starting with the hosts, while Midtjylland might have been tipped as a real Europa League underdog this month, Albert Capellas’ side should be smelling the chance to collect an eye-catching scalp on Thursday evening. Putting in a gritty display as they left Lisbon with a 1-1 draw following their first-leg meeting last week, the Danish outfit are enjoying another extended flurry. Picking up some perfect momentum over the weekend as they claimed a routine 4-0 romp away at Viborg, the Wolves have certainly hit the ground running after returning from the World Cup’s winter break. Riding what has been a recent wave of momentum, Midtjylland have also gained a reputation for their Europa League success on home soil. Including a stunning 5-1 victory against Italian giants Lazio last year, Thursday’s hosts have not suffered a European defeat in front of their own supporters since August 2019.
As for the visitors, while Sporting Lisbon might have been disappointed after settling for their first-leg 1-1 draw last week, the Portuguese heavyweights did come roaring back over the weekend. Making an immediate return to winning ways as they claimed an action-packed 3-2 victory away at Chaves, the Lions have lost just one of their last five matchups across all formats. However, while Ruben Amorim’s side might open Thursday’s showdown tipped as a standout pick, Sporting should be bracing themselves for a stern test on foreign soil. While the midweek guests might have won each of their previous three showdowns away from the Estádio Jose Alvalade, they have gained a reputation for their lively outcomes. With the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw in Portugal last week, we’re backing what could be another enjoyable affair here.
Bet: Both teams to score at Midtjylland vs Sporting Lisbon 4/5 for Thursday’s Europa League second-leg@ 888sport
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