Preview VfL Wolfsburg Vs Sporting Lissabon 20 February 2015, for the Round of 32 of the 2014-2015 UEFA Europa League between the hosts VfL Wolfsburg and the visiting Sporting Lissabon. The VfL have a 1-1-1 record at home in Europa League play. Sporting have not won in 3 away attempts with 2 losses which dropped them into the Europa League competition from the more prestigious Champions League.
Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg have a fine chance at home against the visiting Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. They literally dominate opponents at home and they have fun going about it. With 0 losses and 9 wins through 11 league matches this season, it is obvious they play exceptional football which has found them sitting in 2nd place in the tough German Bundesliga. Their offense has shown up many times with 25 goals scored in front of the home fans this season. Coupled with only 7 goals allowed over these 11 home league matches, and Wolfsburg certainly should have the confidence to go on and win on Thursday in Wolfsburg. A thriller took place in their last match which saw an absurd 5-4 away scoreline end up in a win for the traveling Wolfsburg over a tough Bayer Leverkusen side. The most amazing part of this fine victory is striker Bas Dost scored an incredible 4 goals including the game winner in the 90’+3 minute of stoppage time. He seemed all but unstoppable leading many to believe he will finally add to his startling 0 goals scored over his 3 Europa League appearances. However, Dost has acquired 9 goals in just 10 Bundesliga appearances this season. Wolfsburg will need to feed him consistently this match as they seek a key advantage at home on the visiting Sporting Lisbon. Look for them to find many scoring chances on their poorly traveled opponents.
Sporting LissabonSporting Lissabon are the 2nd-3rd best club in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this season and they do very well in their own league. They have only 1 loss over their previous 14 matches in all competitions with 10 wins in that span. However, European competition is a different story for this disheartened club. They were knocked down from the Champions League into the Europa League competition after posting a poor 3 losses in 6 matches played. This has led them to be a bit complacent entering Thursday’s match in Germany where they have only won 2 of the last 20 European competitive matches against any German club. Wolfsburg are one of the best German clubs this season. Expect Sporting to struggle on the road here as they have already managed to lose 2 of 3 away UCL matches with an ugly 8 goals allowed to opponents. They will look to Rui Patricio to somehow work some new type of miracle play in the net as he attempts to hold back Wolfsburg’s offense after putting up an awful 0 Clean Sheets this season in 6 European appearances. The attacking end will feature Colombian Fredy Montero who has led Sporting with 7 goals this season. Expect goals to be tough to come by in Wolfsburg.
Worth knowing about VfL Wolfsburg - Sporting Lissabon
- Wolfsburg have won 1 of 3 home Europa matches
- Sporting obtained 0 wins in 3 away Champions League attempts
- Stadium Capacity: 30,000
- Weather: 3 Degrees Celsius
- Rain: Clear Skies
- Referee: Alon Yefet