Our prediction for this match:
Sunday’s football game at Estadio Jose Alvalade pits together Sporting CP and Valencia, the two teams who have not been impressive in pre-season. Los Che suffered a 1-0 loss to Monaco in their first warm-up game, whilst the Lions failed to beat the likes of Rapperswil-Jona, St. Gallen and Club Brugge earlier in July. Both sides are eager to return to winning ways, therefore, we are positive that fans will see a real football festival in Lisbon.
Given the attacking potential of the two teams, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be former Atletico Madrid attacker Luciano Vietto, whilst Sporting defenders should have Spain international Rodrigo at bay. When the two teams met in a friendly two years ago los Che rolled over the Lions 3-0 and yet another high-scoring affair is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Bruno Fernandes):
Bruno Fernandes is a Portuguese footballer who used to play for Novara before joining Udinese in a co-ownership deal in the summer of 2013. The Portuguese midfielder scored his first goal for the club in a 3-3 draw with Napoli on 7 December, 2013.
Three years later he signed a deal with Sampdoria for a fee of €7 million. Fernandes moved to Sampdoria in order to replace Roberto who reinforced Villarreal. Soriano He played 33 games for the Zebrette in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, scoring three goals for the club, while providing four assists for his teammates.
Fernandes is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a secondary striker as well. He was born in Maia, Portugal on 8 September, 1994 and he began his youth career at Infesta. Fernandes has seven caps for Portugal U21 team and he has played 4 matches for the U23 team.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.