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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.

Sporting CP vs Maribor 11/25/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction

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.

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