Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Estadio Dom Afonso will host Thursday’s Europa League clash between Vitoria Guimaraes and Ventspils. David faces Goliath in Guimaraes as the Primeira Liga club outclassed the Latvian side 3-0 at Daugavas Stadiona and it is no surprise Ivo Vieira’s charges are considered hot favourites to win the return leg. Os Vimaranenses are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match and given their thrilling form, we are positive that they are going to record yet another win over Ventspils.
Brazil international Davidson, who found the net in the 3-0 win over the Latvian club in the first leg, will be one of the men to keep an eye on in the home team. Ventspils have a big fish to fry in the Estadio Dom Afonso clash and we do not believe that they are capable of overcoming the three-goal deficit in the Europa League qualifying tie against Guimaraes.
Highlighted Team (Guimaraes):
Vitoria Guimaraes have always been in the shadow of famous Portuguese sides Porto, Benfica and Sporting, but over the years they have established themselves as a top-table side in the Primeira Liga. Os Vimaranenses did well to win Taca de Portugal in the 2012/2013 season, wi the team beating Benfica in the final of the domestic cup.
Vitoria Guimaraes finished the 2016/2017 Primeira Liga campaign in fourth place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers. The Portuguese side will face the likes of Salzburg, Konyaspor and Olympic Marseille in Group I and they are seen as underdogs in their group. Vitoria Guimaraes welcome their rivals at Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques and the venue can hold up to 30.000 spectators.
Os Vimaranenses play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, whilst they wear black when playing on the road. Their neighbours Braga are considered Guimaraes’ fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the derby of Minho Province.