Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Buoyed by a historic 2-1 win over Benfica, Gil Vicente will be looking to climb to the top half of the table when they take on Famalicao in the Primeira Liga round 28. Ricardo Soares’ troops are brimming with confidence ahead of the midweek clash, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for Os Galos. Nogueira returns to the starting XI after serving his ban in the victory over Benfica.
Famalicao, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Portimonense. The relegation-threatened visitors are only three points clear of bottom three, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from Thursday’s clash. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards as both sides should be happy with one point from the Estadio Cidade de Barcelos clash. Riccieli is back from suspension for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Lourency):
Lourency is a product of Brazilian football team Lideral Futebol Club who plays for Gil Vicente. Born on January 2, 1996, in Imperatriz, Brazil, Lourency started his senior career at Chapecoense. After spending two seasons on loan at Vila Nova and Brasil de Pelotas, he joined Primeira Liga side, Gil Vicente.
Lourency scored on his debut in the Portuguese top flight on August 20, 2019, in a 2-1 win over Porto. His most significant success came in 2016 when he won the Copa Sudamericana trophy with Chapecoense, beating Atletico Nacional in the title game. Lourency’s primary position is right winger, but he is used as both left winger and second striker.
Despite being part of the team that won the Copa Sudamericana title, the Gil Vicente footballer has yet to earn a call-up for the Brazil national team. His preferred foot is right, and he has a contract with Gil Vicente until June 30, 2020.
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.