Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Municipal de Braga when Sporting Braga and Famalicao face each other on Matchday 10. Braga desperately needed a win against Santa Clara, and they managed to get one, but they failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Boavista in midweek. Since the Minhotos aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth in the Primeira Liga standings, we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach against Famalicao.
The newcomers made a flying start to the season, with the team sitting in third position in the table ahead of the trip to Braga. Famalicao quickly bounced back from a 3-0 loss to Porto, with the team beating Gil Vicente 2-1 in front of home fans, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Braga. The Minhotos are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and given their fine form, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Ahmed Hassan):
After spending four seasons at Braga, Ahmed Hassan “Koka” joined Braga in 2015, signing a five-year deal with the Portuguese outfit. The Egyptian striker, who was born in Cairo on 5 March, 1993 made 23 league appearances for Braga in the 2015/2016 season, scoring 10 goals in the Primeira Liga. Ahmed Hassan won Taca de Portugal with Os Minhotos in 2016 and he started the title game against Porto.
Braga defeated the Portuguese giants on penalties in the cup final. Speaking of his international career, “Koka” won the African U20 Championship with Egypt and he made his full international debut with the first team on 14 August, 2013 in a 3-0 win over Uganda.
Ahmed Hassan found the net on his debut for the Egyptian national team. He has a contract with Braga which expires on 30 June, 2020. His highest market value was £4.25 million on February 24, 2016. Ahmed Hassan began his youth career at Al Ahly.
Highlighted Team (Famalicao):
Founded on August 21, 1931, Famalicao are a Portuguese football club that compete in the Primeira Liga. The colour of their home kit is white, with the team wearing blue shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Famalicao welcome their rivals at Estadio Municipal 22 de Junho Vila Nova de Famalicao, the venue with the capacity of 5,307 people. The stadium was opened in 1952 and ever since has been serving as the team’s home ground. Famalicao are owned by Quantum Pacific Group, the company which has a 32% share of famous La Liga side Atletico Madrid as well.
The Azuis e Brancos secured promotion to Primeira Liga for the first time in the 1946/1947 season and they returned to the Portuguese elite division in 2019. Famalicao recorded a 2-0 win over Santa Clara on their return to the Portuguese top flight, with Toni Martinez and Anderson finding the net for the visitors.