Our prediction for this match:
Club Brugge and Sporting face each other in a friendly at Jan Breydelstadion on Friday afternoon. Club Brugge experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-2 loss to AZ Alkmaar, but it has to be noted that coach Philippe Clement rested several first-team regulars in the friendly against the Dutch outfit. The Belgian club aim to give fans something to cheer about, but beating the Lions is easier said than done.
Club Brugge are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s football game and we are positive that they are going to find the net in the pre-season friendly. The Lions, on the other hand, suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Swiss side Rapperswil-Jona in their first warm-up game, meaning that they are eager to grab something from Friday’s match as well. A close encounter is on the cards, but we predict that both sides are going to score in the Jan Breydelstadion friendly.
Highlighted Player (Marvelous Nakamba):
Born on January 19, 1994 in Hwange, Marvelous Nakamba is a Zimbabwe international who plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler League. Nakamba started his youth career at Highlanders and he made his senior debut with Bantu Rovers.
The Zimbabwe footballer played for Nancy before joining Vitesse in 2014. After scoring two goals in 67 appearances for the Dutch outfit in the league the central midfielder signed a four-year deal with Club Brugge in June, 2017 for a fee of £4 million. Nakamba made his Club Brugge debut in the league in July, 2017 in a 4-0 win over Sporting Lokeren.
Speaking of his international career, Marvelous Nakamba represented Zimbabwe in the under-20 level and he made his debut with the main squad in June, 2015 against Malawi. His main position is central midfield, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. Nakamba’s preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Sporting Portugal):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.