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Sporting LisbonSporting Lisbon
DortmundBorussia Dortmund
Goncalves (30', 39'), Porro (81')
Palhinha (55'), Coates (57'), Paulinho (74'), Nunes (74'), Porro (74'), Adan (90+8')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Malen (90+3')
Reus (74'), Zagadou (74'), Rose (79')
Can (74')

Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs. Borussia Dortmund - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs. Borussia Dortmund - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League clash between Sporting Lisbon and Borussia Dortmund, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Two sides battling it out for second place in Group C will lock horns on Wednesday night, as Sporting Lisbon welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Estadio Jose Alvalade for their penultimate Champions League group-stage clash.

Both clubs are level on points after four matches, though Dortmund currently occupy second place as they have a better head-to-head record, due to their 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in September.

Match preview

Sporting Lisbon claimed their ninth successive victory across all competitions when they narrowly beat Portuguese second division outfit Varzim 2-1 in the fourth round of the Taca de Portugal last weekend.

This impressive winning streak from Ruben Amorim's side also includes two triumphs in the Champions League, which have helped salvage their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds, following a poor start to their group-stage campaign.

A 5-1 thrashing by Ajax in their opening Group C game was followed by a slender 1-0 loss to Wednesday's opponents Borussia Dortmund; however, since then, comfortable victories home and away against Besiktas, by an aggregate score of 8-1, has pulled them back into contention heading into their final two games against the two clubs currently above them in the group.

Confidence is high within the Sporting camp at present; however, their form against German opposition, including Dortmund, leaves a little to be desired.

The Lions have lost all three previous encounters against BVB and they have also lost more games (10) and conceded more goals (32) against German teams in the Champions League than against sides from any other country, winning just one of their last 13 in the process.

To book their place in the last 16 for the first time since 2007-08, Sporting need to beat Dortmund by two or more goals on Wednesday. A draw would mean their fate will be decided in the final gameweek against Ajax, while defeat would see them demoted to the last 32 of the Europa League.

Borussia Dortmund avoided a third successive loss across all competitions, when they secured a narrow 2-1 victory at home to Stuttgart in the Bundesliga last weekend.

After Roberto Massimo's 63rd-minute equaliser for the visitors had cancelled out a 56th-minute opener from Donyell Malen, BVB legend Marco Reus was on hand to score the winner five minutes from time to seal all three points for the hosts.

The Dortmund faithful will be delighted to see Reus firing on all cylinders once again in the famous yellow-and-black jersey; the 32-year-old has now found the net in each of his last four matches across all competitions for club and country and will likely play an important part on Wednesday.

Marco Rose's side enjoyed a bright start to their Champions League campaign, winning 2-1 and 1-0 against Besiktas and Sporting respectively. However, disappointing defeats in both encounters against Ajax – losing by an aggregate score of 7-1 – have all but ended their hopes of finishing top of Group C and they are now at risk of missing out on a place in the last 16.

With Dortmund currently ahead of Sporting in Group C, after their win against them in September, Dortmund head to Portugal with the knowledge that a victory on Wednesday would confirm their place in the Champions League knockouts for the fourth successive campaign, which would equal their best run in the competition between 2012-13 and 2016-17.

Sporting Lisbon Champions League form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

Sporting Lisbon form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Borussia Dortmund Champions League form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L

Borussia Dortmund form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

Team News

Sporting Lisbon are set to be without centre-back Sebastian Coates and forward Tiago Tomas due to injury, while Jovane Cabral and Ruben Vinagre are both doubtful with knocks.

Right wing-back Pedro Porro returned from injury over the weekend and so will be in contention to start ahead of Ricardo Esgaio.

Although Paulinho has scored just four times in 18 appearances across all competitions this term, three have been in the Champions League. The 29-year-old is expected to start as the central striker once again, with Pablo Sarabia and Pedro Goncalves to play in advanced midfield roles just behind.

As for Dortmund, they have had to contend with a depleted squad in recent weeks and they will still be without several first-team players for Wednesday's trip to Portugal.

Erling Braut Haaland (hip), Marcel Schmelzer (knee), Nico Schulz (muscle), Mateu Morey (knee) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (muscle) are all ruled out with injuries, while Giovanni Reyna, Marius Wolf and Youssoufa Moukoko are doubtful.

In addition, Thorgan Hazard has tested positive for COVID-19 and is forced to self-isolate, while experienced defender Mats Hummels is suspended, so Emre Can could fill in for the latter alongside Manuel Akanji at centre-back.

Malen is expected to lead the line again in Haaland's absence, with Reus and Julian Brandt set to join him in attack.

Sporting Lisbon possible starting lineup:
Adan; Inacio, Neto, Feddal; Porro, Palhinha, Nunes, Reis; Pote, Sarabia; Paulinho

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:
Kobel; Meunier, Can, Akanji, Guerreiro; Dahoud, Bellingham, Witsel; Reus, Malen, Brandt

We say: Sporting Lisbon 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

With Sporting needing to win by at least two goals to advance to the knockout rounds, the hosts are expected to pose an attacking threat throughout the 90 minutes, which could cause problems for Dortmund's depleted side.

The visitors, meanwhile, may take a more cautious approach to Wednesday's clash as a draw would still keep their last-16 hopes in their own hands heading into the final Group C match next month.

With little to separate these two sides, a score draw could be on the cards at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

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