Our prediction for this match:
Portugal will be aiming to make amends for a 3-0 loss to Netherlands when they welcome Tunisia at Estadio Municipal de Braga on Monday evening. Portugal did well to win Euro 2016 and they are now on a quest to go all the way at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Fernando Santos’ men want to prepare in the best way possible for the upcoming showpiece tournament and they are likely to take Monday’s football match against Tunisia very seriously. Key player, though, Cristiano Ronaldo, who takes part in the Champions League final, is likely to be rested against Tunisia, but coach Fernando Santos has a number of high-profile players to choose from. In Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence, a man to watch in Fernando Santos’ team will be Manchester City ace Bernardo Silva. Tunisia, on the other hand, are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against Portugal, but preventing A Selecao from scoring is easier said than done.
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 (Tunisia):
Tunisia are considered one of the most successful African teams. Les Aigles de Carthage (Eagles of Carthage) made their 18th appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with the team suffering elimination in the quarter-finals of the tournament. In 2004 Tunisia won their first and only Africa Cup of Nations trophy as they defeated Morocco in the title game. Jaziri and Santos scored for the Eagles of Carthage in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final, with Mokhtari scoring a consolation goal for Morocco. Tunisia played in the final of the tournament in 1965 and 1996 as well, but they eventually finished as runners-up. Speaking of their appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, the Tunisian national team participated at the major tournament on four occasions (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006), but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. The colour of Tunisia’s home kit is white, while they play their away matches in red shirts and red shorts. Radhi Jaidi is the player with most caps for Tunisia (105).