Sofia keen to end on a high

The Bulgarians cannot progress to the knockout stages of the

competition after a string of hapless performances. However, they

will attempt to at least treat their fans to an entertaining finale

and the scalp of a prestigious club like Sporting would go some way

to brightening the mood. They need to secure a win and hope that

Gent do not lose to Lille if they are to avoid finishing bottom of

the pile. Sporting, meanwhile, qualified easily and are group

winners regardless of tomorrow’s result. The highlight of their

campaign so far was a rampant 5-0 win over Levski in Portugal.

Sporting coach Paulo Sergio has taken a 20-man squad to Bulgaria

secure in the knowledge his side will still be involved after

Christmas. Liedson and Pedro Mendes are missing with Simon Vukcevic

set to start in midfield, while up front he has a choice of Helder

Postiga or Yannick Djalo. Daniel Carrico had a minor operation

earlier this week and will not travel for the match at the Georgi

Asparuhov Stadium. For Levski, Ivo Ivanov is expected to anchor the

defence while Serginho Greene will look to create for the

Bulgarians unless he is rested by coach Yasen Petrov. Midfielder

Aleksandar Aleksandrov is a slight doubt for the fixture and

Michael Tawiah will have a fitness test.