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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Preview Lokomotiv - Sporting.

Локомотив  Спортинг
ЛОКОМОТИВ // СПОРТИНГ
Thursday, November 26th 2015
(Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow)
19:00 Lokomotiv Moscow Sporting Lisbon

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) 
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP) 
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK) 
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

Precedents
2015
Sporting - Lokomotiv 1-3: 50' Gutierrez; 12' Samedov, 56' Samedov, 65' Niasse.

Lokomotiv:
AbsentsCorluka (disqualified), Pejcinovic (injured).
In doubt: Grigorjev (injured).

Rankings:
Lokomotiv: 3 (in the RPL).
Sporting: 1 (in the Primeira Liga) 

Streaming (available half an hour before the start of the match):
HERE.

-NTV. Commentators: Vasily Utkin, Konstantin Genich and Pavel Zanozin.

Curiosities:
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The moment of truth. Lokomotiv is going to face Sporting in a game that will bring clarity in the Europa League's group H. 

Former Benfica midfielder, now in Lokomotiv, Manuel Fernandes has recently commented the upcoming match for the Portuguese media: "Sporting is stronger than Lokomotiv. If we manage again to score them three goals, it'd be perfect. Sporting leads the Primeira Liga table, so we must face them seriously. Personally speaking, I really appreciate how Bryan Ruiz plays. William Carvalho is also good. 

Lokomotiv? Our fans won't influence the match. I'm not happy because of the little playing time. I think I deserve to play more. This could be one of the reasons to leave Lokomotiv."

Despite the heavy words, Cherevchenko should include Fernandes in the starting-line up as well as Guilherme, who will make his debut as a Russian player. Corluka is still disqualified, so Shishkin should take his place with Yanbaev right back. Kolomeytsev could be finally given some rest: N'Dinga is ready to replace him. Kasaev is still not at 100% and so Maicon should be confirmed left winger. Niasse should be preferred over Skuletic.

As reported by Russian journalist Julia Yakovleva, Adrien should start on the bench. Mane, instead, had got an argument with Jorge Jesus as well as Carrillo and so he stayed in Lisbon. Joao Mario, Adrien, Ruiz and Slimani played 120 minutes against Benfica on Saturday and unlikely they will start tomorrow. Although Japanese striker Tanaka could leave Sporting this winter, JJ could trust the same in him. Rui Patricio is disqualified as he was sent off in the game against Skenderbeu. At the same time, the defender Jefferson, the midfielders William Carvalho and Bruno Paulista, the strikers Carlos Mane and Teo Gutierrez haven't flown to Moscow too. Jesus can't rely also on former Anzhi centre-back Ewerton, who got injured in the last match vs Benfica.

During the last games, Sporting has always provided solid performance, keeping the first place in the Primeira Liga and eliminating Benfica in the Taca de Portugal. The problem was the sensational defeat suffered in Albania against Skenderbeu that put in doubt their run in the Europa League. The game in Moscow represents the last opportunity to hope in a qualification and to take a revenge from the defeat in the first leg. Lokomotiv, instead, needs at least a point to ensure the qualification and therefore should prepare a match based on counterattacks. 

Everything will depend by how Lokomotiv's players approach the match. Another defeat could be hard to accept. 

PROBABLE XI
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Guilherme
Yanbaev -  Shishkin - Durica - Denisov
N'Dinga - Tarasov
Samedov - Fernandes - Maicon
Niasse
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Sporting (4-2-3-1)
Marcelo Boeck 
Ricardo Esgaio Naldo - Tobias Figueiredo - Jonathan Silva
Andre Martins - Aquilani 
Gelson Martins - Montero - Ruiz
Tanaka 

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