Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
After dropping two points in a goalless draw with Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga, Porto will be looking to keep their title hopes alive when they take on Gil Vicente at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos. The Dragons are ten points behind the Lions in the standings, meaning that this has to go down as yet another must-win game for the visitors. Despite failing to impress in the draw with Sporting, top scorer Moussa Marega will be the man to watch in the away team.
Marcano and Mbaye remain in the recovery room. Gil Vicente are fighting hard to survive in the Portuguese top flight, but given their display in a 1-0 loss at Tondela, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs. Porto must win Saturday’s clash, and we predict that the Portuguese giants will prove their worth on the field. Gil Vicente defender Ruben Fernandes is banned for the match.
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 (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.