Portuguese side Sporting marks a return to the Champions League with a home game against Dutch side Ajax in Group C of the competition. Sporting go to this game undefeated in the last seven matches, having won five but both teams have scored in three of their last five matches. They come to this game straight from two draws. At home, Sporting are unbeaten in their last 25 matches, and will be hoping for the same impact as they return to Champions League football for the first time since 2017. In 12 Champions League games, Sporting have just one clean sheet and at home in the same competition, they have one win in six. They were drawn in Group D in 2017, and could only manage two wins in six matches. They lost three and conceded nine goals as they exited early.
Meanwhile, Ajax are regular participants at this stage but last season they could only manage a third place finish in their group, with seven points. They go to this game on a very good scoring run, and unbeaten in the last four matches, three of them ending in wins. The Dutch side has scored 13 goals in the last four matches and kept three clean sheets in the process. They are unbeaten in their last 19 away matches across all competitions, but excluding friendly matches. However, in their last seven Champions League matches they have no clean sheet, a feat they’ve managed in just one of their last 10 Champions League matches. They have a great away run in the competition though, with just one loss in the last 18, but they have five clean sheets only in the last 20 away matches in the Champions League. Both teams have scored in three of their last five Champions League matches.
These two sides are very prolific in attack but do not carry the same quality defensively, which makes this game a good prospect for both teams to score. The home side has a good run at home and the visiting team carries to the game a fine away run as well, which could be enough to propel this a good game to go for a draw, but both sides scoring stands out.