Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Vitoria Guimaraes and Santa Clara go head to head at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques in what is expected to be an interesting Primeira Liga game. Guimaraes are eyeing a spot in European competitions, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s clash. Midfielder Tomas Handel remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
Santa Clara, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the table with 36 points in their pocket. Os Acoreanos are enjoying a successful second half of the season, but given their anything but impressive away record, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on the home team. A man to watch in the away team will be Japan international Kyosuke Tagawa, who scored a brace in a 2-2 draw with Maritimo, while Costinha should miss out with injury.
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 (Santa Clara):
Santa Clara are a professional football club that compete in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Os Acoreanos (The Azoreans) play their home games at Estadio de Sao Miguel, the venue which can hold up to 13,277 people.
Estadio de Sao Miguel was built in 1930. Santa Clara are the only team from the Azores Islands to compete in the Primeira Liga. Os Acoreanos are well known for its close connection with famoust Portuguese club Benfica, with the two teams sharing the very same crest until recently.
Santa Clara wear red shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit. Os Acoreanos participated in the Intertoto Cup in the 2002/2003 season, with the team beating FC Shirak in round 1 5-3 on aggregate, while suffering a loss to Teplice 2-9 on agg. in round 2. CD Operario from Lagao are considered Santa Clara’s fiercest rivals.