Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
High-flying Sporting CP will be looking to cement top position in the standings when they take on Gil Vicente at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos. The Lions are determined to regain the domestic trophy, but they can’t afford any complacency in the remainder of the season. Sporting CP are eyeing their fifth consecutive away win in the Primeira Liga, and you should bear in mind that they managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous three league fixtures.
Neto returns from suspension, meaning that boss Ruben Amorim should have a full squad to choose from. Gil Vicente quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Ferreira, with the team beating Boavista on the road. Ricardo Soares’ troops regained a much-needed confidence on Friday evening, but Sporting CP will pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. Both Diogo and Miullen are sidelined with injuries for the home team.
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 (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.