Sporting CP vs Maribor 11/25/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Maribor vs Sporting CP
Tuesday 25th November 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Sporting CP 1/3 Draw 7/2 Maribor 11/1 See the Latest Odds
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Sporting Lisbon look to keep their qualification hopes alive when they face Maribor at home in a must win game from Group G of the UEFA Champions League. Led by Manchester United's on loan star Nani , Sporting will be hoping to get off to a fast start with Montero, Slimani the key goal threats. A passionate home crowd will ensure that the Sporting team stay focused in a game they should be able to win.
Maribor have managed to keep themselves in this group by being tough to beat, three draws from four games have left them in a position where a win tonight would leave their destiny in their own hands barring a win for Schalke against Chelsea. WIth a couple of quality young strikers in Zahovich and Bohar to go with the experience of Tavares and Mendy this is a good side that were a little unlucky to draw such a tough group. Maribor are improving every year and this is the first year they have made it to the group stages and have definitely not embaressed themselves here.
I think the necessity of Sporting to win the game here will lead to a fast pace and that the occasion may overwhelm Maribor if Sporting can get an early goal. I am going to take Sporting -1 for this reason. I think Nani will be able to inspire Sporting to a win here and I think it will be by a couple of goals.