Our football match prediction:
Barcelona will be aiming to build on a thrilling 3-0 win over Juventus when they square off against Sporting CP at Estadio Jose Alvalade. The Catalan giants have been producing excellent performances at the start of the season and Brazilian ace Neymar, who left the squad in the summer transfer window, has not been sorely missed in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign to date. Leo Messi looks unstoppable at the moment and we predict that the Argentine “magician” is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The Portuguese side proved their worth in a 3-2 win over Olympiakos in Piraeus, but beating the star-studded La Liga team is easier said than done. Barcelona have been impressive in all competitions under new coach Ernesto Valverde and, taking everything into account, away win should be considered. When the two teams met in the Champions League last time out (2008) Barcelona crushed Sporting 5-2 in Lisbon.
Highlighted Player (Rui Patricio):
Sporting Lisbon and Portugal national team goalkeeper Rui Patricio is a one-club man. He was reportedly close to signing with Serie A giants Inter Milan during the 2008 of-season, but he remained in his club where he will most likely hang up his boots when the time comes. The 28-year-old shot stopper spent most of his career with the Lions making his debut with the first-team at only 18 years of age. Rui Patricio went on to appear in more than 350 official games for the Portugal greats and remains the first-choice keeper for his club and country. Having gone through all the youth selections with the national team, Rui Patricio was given his first senior cap in 2010 after Paulo Bento’s appointment. Rui Patricio represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and three European Championships. The 28-year-old was the mainstay in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 title in France.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona are a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past. The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957. Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.