Sporting welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Jose Alvalade stadium for this crucial match in group C. Both teams are on six points from their four matches with Dortmund in second place having the better head to head record. The home team comes into this match in great form winning their last nine matches which includes a 2-1 home win in their last match against Varzim. They have won their last two group matches although it was over the bottom placed Besiktas. Sporting know that nothing less than a victory will be good enough as draw will not get them above Dortmund due to their first round loss to the Germans. The home team knows that they have a difficult task as they have never beaten Dortmund in three previous matches. In European competitions Sporting have lost ten times to German opposition, the most losses to any other team nationality.
Dortmund are in the midst of an injury crisis and will again be missing their star striker Erling Haaland. Their form has been patchy in recent times winning four of their last six matches which included a 2-1 home win against Stuggart in their last match. A win for Dortmund will see them go to nine points on the table. This will be enough to make them qualify as they have beaten Sporting in their first round tie. A draw for them will require them to get a win in their last match to secure second spot. They have lost four of their last seven away matches. Victory for Dortmund will see them qualify for the knockout stages for the fourth consecutive season. This will equal their club record.
Sporting will need to go all out for the victory to stay in the hunt for second place. A draw will mean they will need Dortmund to lose their last match. Dortmund on the other hand know that a win seals second spot. They will be happy with the draw knowing victory in the last match will see them through to the knockouts. The away team will play it safe therefore we are backing them for the draw or win.