Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Estadio D. Afonso Henriques pits together Vitoria Guimaraes and Pacos Ferreira, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Primeira Liga round 30. Guimaraes have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating both Maritimo and Moreirense, while losing to Sporting CP and Porto. Pepa’s troops are seven points behind the Conference League berth, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts.
Oscar Estupinan serves a one-game ban, but there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. Ferreira, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Maritimo. Since the visitors are eager to keep their Conference League hopes alive as well, both teams to score betting option should be considered. The likes of Joao Vigario, Flavio Ramos, and Jorge Silva should miss out with injuries for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Rafa Soares):
Born in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal, Rafa Soares is a professional footballer who plays for Vitoria Guimaraes as a left-back. Rafa is a product of the Porto football academy, but he did not see any game action in Primeira Liga with the Dragons.
After scoring eight goals in 61 appearances with Porto B, the Portuguese defender spent a couple of seasons on loan at Academica, Rio Ave, and Fulham. In 2018 he played for Portimonense, but nowadays, he wears the number 5 shirt at Vitoria Guimaraes. Rafa Soares has nine caps with the Portugal U21 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the Portugal senior team.
His primary position is left-back, but he is used as both left midfielder and left winger as well. Rafa’s preferred foot is left, and he has a contract with Vitoria Guimaraes until June 2021. Rafa Soares made his Primeira Liga debut against Academica back in January 2016, during his spell with Vitoria Setubal.
Highlighted Team (Ferreira):
Founded on April 5, 1950, Pacos de Ferreira are a Portuguese football club who play their home games at Estadio da Mata Real. The venue can hold up to 9,077 people and it was opened in October 7, 1973. Os Castores are well known for their yellow shirts and green shorts, with the team wearing white and black kit when playing on the travels.
Pacos de Ferreira have yet to win the Primeira Liga trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca de Portugal final in the 2008/2009 season. Os Castores faced Porto in the title game, with the Dragons attacker Lisandro Lopez scoring the only game of the match.
Two seasons later Pacos de Ferreira faced Benfica in the Taca da Liga final, with the Eagles lifting the trophy. Wolverhampton forward Diogo Jota is one of notable footballers who started their senior careers at Pacos de Ferreira.