Sporting Lisbon come into the third round of fixtures in Group D in a very strong position. The Portuguese side currently sits top of the standings, and will be looking for a third straight victory. Meanwhile, Marseille will be looking to get their campaign started on matchday three with a first victory.
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There could be a shock in Group D when it comes to the side that tops the group. Sporting Lisbon have been extremely strong throughout the campaign to this point, and they sit three points clear at the top of the standings. The Portuguese side has scored five goals in the two fixtures that they have played, and they are yet to concede a single goal.
Sporting saved their best performance of the group stages so far to their previous outing, as they recorded a famous 2-0 home success against Tottenham Hotspur. Both goals were scored in a dramatic final five minutes of injury time, with Paulinho opening the scoring after 90 minutes, before Arthur doubled the advantage just three minutes later.
Marseille likely would have been expected to challenge Tottenham Hotspur for top spot in the group when the draw was made. However, they have underperformed in the Champions League group stages to this point, as they have lost both of the two fixtures that they have played. They are yet to score a goal in the competition, and have allowed a total of three goals.
Marseille’s wait for a Champions League win, and goal, continued on matchday two, as they were beaten 1-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt. The winning goal was scored just before the half time break, but Marseille failed to create many clear goalscoring opportunities in the second period.
Marseille vs Sporting Lisbon Head to Head
This will be the first time that Marseille and Sporting Lisbon have clashed in a European fixture. However, Marseille has a poor record against Portuguese sides, as they have lost six of their previous eight matches, with their only win coming against Benfica in the 1989-90 Champions League.
Marseille vs Sporting Lisbon Prediction
Marseille’s performances in the Champions League so far this season have been very disappointing. Meanwhile, Sporting has looked in excellent shape, and we could see that being maintained on matchday three. We could see the visiting side picking up a 1-0 victory.
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