EUROPA LEAGUE

FCSB – Sporting BTS 2.10 1-5 win

The first leg ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw but not for lack of scoring chances. Both teams had very good chances to take the lead but they squandered them. FCSB followed that game with a 2-1 win against Juventus Bucharesti away over the weekend and that makes it just one clean sheet in their last 6 games which was the one at Sporting. They have been porous in defense especially at home conceding in all 5 of their home games and winning just one against weak Voluntari and drawing the other 4 games against Astra, Iasi, Univ Craiova and Viktoria Plzen. Sporting would have hoped to take an advantage here but the game is tied at 0-0. They will be happy with the clean sheet though and they know a goal changes things massively in this tie. They won at Victoria Guimaraes 5-0 at the weekend and now have.3 wins and a draw from their four games so far still without conceding a goal thus far. They realize they have to get at FCSB here and score the crucial away goal and considering FCSB porousness in defense, only a brave man will bet against that happening within 90 minutes. Sporting are by far the better side here playing in the better league and having some really good players that could play in top teams in Europe. They are also much used to playing in the Champions league group stages and will be disappointed if they miss out on this one, so I think motivation is high in this games for them. FCSB meanwhile have not made it to the group stages since 2013 and I feel they will have to wait one more year. The first leg was goalless but not for lack of effort as both teams squandered good scoring chances and I feel this game can be an open one if we get the first goal in the first half time and both teams know they have to get a goal here, but Sporting are the better side and they should live up to their favourite tag here and win the game. 1-2, 1-3 is my prediction.