Sporting vs Atlético de Madrid Soccer Prediction Today
On Sunday, April 4, the score of 2 to 0 was what Sporting won against Paços de Ferreira. Although the opponent is clearly inferior to Atletico of Madrid, the victory was very important for the pretensions of the club in the Portuguese Championship.
Reaching 68 points (21 wins, five draws and three defeats), Sporting ‘took off’ from Braga, who drew 2-2 away from Feirense and came in fourth with 65 points. With five games to go, the winner of this duel will be given the right to play in the European Champions League knockout phase in the 2018/2019 season. The title hope is merely mathematical. This fight is reserved even for Benfica, leader with 73 points, and Porto, which has 72.
For the confrontation this Thursday, coach Jorge Jesus awaits the positioning of the medical department in relation to Brazilian midfielder Bruno César (19 matches in Portuguese Championship 2017/2018, no goal). He has been out of the last five games with a knee injury. If it is released, it must be scaled between the holders.
Also in the infirmary is the striker Daniel Pondance (12 games, no goal). His case, however, is much more delicate. He is away due to the bruise in the foot since the end of January and should not be released to act.
The remote possibility of securing the title of the Spanish Championship was even smaller for Atletico Madrid. On Sunday, April 8, the team made the classic against Real in the rival’s stadium. It came at a disadvantage on the scoreboard, but reached the tie by 1 to 1. With that, saw increase their difference against Barcelona, the leader, who defeated Leganés, by 3 to 1, the day before.
Atlético have 68 points (20 wins, eight draws and three losses). He was 11 points behind Barca. The fight for second place also got a little harder. Valencia, who resumed third place, reduced the gap between them to three points.
The positive side of the match in the classic was the dispute for a direct place in the group stage of the 2018/2019 European Champions League. It is reserved for the first three places. By holding Real Madrid, who is now in fourth place, Atletico managed to keep ahead of four points in comparison with their biggest rival.
In practice, the LaLiga performance has not affected the behavior of coach Diego Simeone, who is not adept at promoting many changes in the lineup taking the cast. He always tries to use the best team he has at his disposal. For this Thursday, the only downfall certain is the left-back Brazilian Felipe Luis (17 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, one goal). He has undergone a surgery and should only return to work next season.
There is still doubt about Uruguayan defender José Maria Gimenez (20 games, one goal). He came back injured after serving his team in the warm-up period of the end of March and missed the last three Atletico games. It depends on the doctors’ new assessment to know if they can face Sporting.
Soccer Prediction of the Day Sporting vs Atlético de Madrid
Much better structured tactically and technically superior Atletico Madrid is the most appropriate option for even guessing acting out of their domains.
Prediction Today: Atlético de Madrid