Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Municipal de Braga when Braga and Sporting CP face each other in the Primeira Liga opener. Braga aim to build on a pre-season win over Celta Vigo, but this will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Summer signing Simon Banza, who scored 14 goals with Famalicao last term, is likely to make his official Braga debut against Sporting. Loanee Diego Lainez could play an important role in Sunday’s clash as well, but key defender David Carmo is no longer part of the team.
The Lions, on the other hand, did well to sign a loan deal with pacey winger Francisco Trincao in the summer transfer window, and given the attacking potential of the two sides, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Keep in mind, though, that important Sporting CP defender Joao Palhinha joined Fulham for a fee of €20.00m.
Highlighted Player (Ricardo Horta):
Ricardo Horta is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting Braga in Primeira Liga. Born in Sobreda, Portugal, on September 15, 1994, Ricardo Horta spent his youth career at Ginasio Corroios, Benfica, and Vitoria Setubal.
The 173-cm-tall winger continued playing for Setubal at the senior level, but he moved to Malaga in the summer of 2014, signing a five-year deal with the La Liga outfit. Ricardo Horta scored only one goal in 48 appearances for los Boquerones in the Spanish top flight before signing a loan deal with Braga. In July 2017, he signed a permanent contract with the Minhotos.
Ricardo Horta made his Primeira Liga debut against Rio Ave back in April 2013, during his spell with Vitoria Setubal. His primary position is left winger, but he is capable of producing good performances as a right winger as well. He made his Portugal debut in a 1-0 loss to Albania in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
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.