Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon: Hosts can shade tight contest

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Odds: Barcelona 2/5, Draw 4/1, Sporting 13/2

Kick Off: 1945, 05/12/2017

Stadium: Camp Nou

TV: BT Sport

Barcelona can afford to take things easy when entertaining Sporting Lisbon, with top spot in Champions League Group D already assured.

The visitors still have a slim chance of following them through, but would need to win at Camp Nou and hope Juventus drop points at Olympiakos.

Sporting’s best chance would seem to be to keep things tight and then pinch a late goal, so this may be a cagey contest, with Barca content to coast along.

It was only 1-0 to the Catalan giants when they met in Portugal, so 7/5 for under 2.5 goals here gets the nod for our Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon betting predictions.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Barcelona have hit a bit of a flat spot in recent weeks, including when held to goalless draws at Olympiakos and Juventus in this competition.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have also dropped points in their last couple of LaLiga fixtures, a 1-1 stalemate at Valencia and Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo at this venue.

Samuel Umtiti has been sidelined with a hamstring injury and Andres Iniesta is set to miss this match with a calf strain.

Those setbacks may tempt Valverde to rest some other regular starters, with Sunday’s tricky domestic trip to Villarreal in mind.

Looking at the Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon odds, we like 3/2 for the scores to be level at half-time.

A Look At Sporting Lisbon’s Betting Odds

Sporting Lisbon kept their qualification hopes alive when claiming a convincing 3-1 win over Olympiakos on home turf.

Bas Dost bagged a brace either side of Bruno Cesar’s strike as the Lions roared to a second victory over the Greek outfit.

“Few people would have said we would be going into the last game still fighting to get through to the knockout stages,” said head coach Jorge Jesus. “We will continue to dream and are going to the Camp Nou looking to win.”

However, Sporting have never won in Spain, where their record is three draws and 11 defeats, including a 2-1 loss at Real Madrid during last season’s group stage.

We reckon they will come up just short again and are finishing off our Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon betting tips by taking 7/1 for a 1-0 home victory.

Additional stats

Last Champions League result:

Juventus 0-0 BARCELONA

SPORTING LISBON 3-1 Olympiakos – Bas Dost (2), Bruno Cesar

Head-to-head: Sporting 0-1 Barcelona, Sporting 2-5 Barcelona, Barcelona 3-1 Sporting

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Best bets for Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon

Under 2.5 goals @ 7/5

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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