Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Estadio D. Afonso Henriques will host Friday’s football game between Vitoria Guimaraes and Maritimo. Guimaraes defeated Famalicao on the road before the international break, with the team putting an end to their four-match winless run. Pepa’s men aim to keep on climbing the standings, and they are surely capable of beating Maritimo on home soil. Ghana international Amoah remains in the recovery room, while Czech Republic goalkeeper Matous Trmal is closing in on a return.
O Maior das Ilhas, on the other hand, are on a six-game winless run in the Portuguese top flight. Maritimo failed to find the net in the previous three league fixtures, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the home side. Cameroon forward Joel remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury, but he should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Falaye Sacko):
Born in Bamako, Mali on May 1, 1995, Falaye Sacko is a pacey right-back, who plays for Vitoria Guimaraes in the Primeira Liga. Sacko has 11 caps with Mali, and he scored his first goal with the national team on June 16, 2019 in a friendly against Algeria.
Speaking of his club career, Sacko started his senior career at Djoliba, and in 2015 he joined Hungarian outfit Ujpest. After failing to see any game action in the Hungarian top flight, the Mali international moved to Vitoria Guimaraes in 2016. He first played for the Guimaraes B team, making his professional debut in the Segunda Liga clash against Atletico CP on February 17, 2016.
Falaye Sacko, who has established himself as a first-team regular at Vitoria Guimaraes, wears the No. 17 jersey. His primary position right-back, but he is used as a left-back as well.
Highlighted Team (Maritimo):
Based in Funchal, Madeira, Maritimo are a Portuguese club that compete in Primeira Liga. O Maior das Ilhas (The Greatest of the Islands) play their home matches in the national championship at Estadio do Maritimo.
The stadium was officially founded on May 5, 1957 and it can hold up to 10,932 spectators. Maritimo won their first and only Campeonato de Portugal in the 1925/1926 season, with the team beating Belenenses in the title game 2-0 at Campo do Ameal. Maritimo wear green shirts with red stripes and white shorts when playing on home soil, whilst the colour of their away kit is sky blue.
The Estadio do Maritimo have yet to win the Taca de Portugal trophy, but they made it to the final of the competition on two occasions (1994/95, 2000/01), as well as the final of the Taca da Liga in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Nacional are considered the club’s main rivals.