Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
There will be fireworks when Boavista and Porto square off against each other at Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI in the Porto derby. As Panteras do not seem to be at their sharpest, with the team losing six of their last seven league matches in the Primeira Liga and it is no surprise the bookies see them as underdogs in Friday’s derby. Boavista winger Salvador Agra is a major doubt after limping off with injury in a 1-0 loss to Gil Vicente, with Masaki Watai being ready to step up.
The Dragons, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chaves. Sergio Conceicao’s men are eager to melt Sporting CP’s advantage in the standings and we predict that they will take advantage of Boavista’s poor form. Midfielder Alan Varela serves a one-game ban due to the accumulation of yellow cards, while experienced defender Ivan Mracano continues to miss out with a long-term injury.
Highlighted Player (Toni Martinez):
Born in Barrio del Progreso, Spain, on June 30, 1997, Toni Martinez is a forward who plays for Primeira Liga side Famalicao. Martinez is a product of Real Murcia football school, but in 2013 he moved to Valencia youth academy.
After scoring two goals in 16 appearances for Valencia B, the Spaniard signed a deal with West Ham United in April 2016 for a fee of around £2.4 million. However, he did not see any game action in the Premier League with the Hammers as he was immediately sent on loan to Oxford United.
Toni Martinez played for the likes of Real Valladolid, Rayo Majadahonda, and Lugo on loan as well before signing a three-year deal with Famalicao in the summer of 2019. He made his debut with the Azuis e Brancos on August 3, 2019, in a 2-0 home defeat to Covilha in the Taca da Portugal. Toni Martinez has two caps with the Spain U19 team.
Highlighted Team (Boavista):
Founded on August 1, 1903, Boavista are a Portuguese club that welcome their rivals at Estadio do Bessa. The capacity of the venue is 28,263 and it was built back in 1911. As Panteras (The Panthers) are well known for their black and white shirts and white is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Famous Fellow city club Porto are considered Boavista’s main rivals and the two teams face each other in O Derby da Invicta and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two local rivals. A Panteras did well to win their first and only Primeira Liga trophy in the 2000/2001 season, with the team finishing the campaign only one point clear of Porto.
Boavista have five Taca de Portugal trophies (1974/75, 1975/76, 1978/79, 1991/92, 1996/97), with the team winning Supertaca de Portugal three times (1979, 1992, 1997). Jose Bosingwa, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Nuno Gomes are the notable footballers who played for Boavista in the past, to name just a few.