Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Moreirense, Sporting CP will look to melt Porto’s advantage in the standings when they take on Guimaraes on Saturday evening. The Lions faced no difficulties in the last league match, but they need to keep on winning if they are to stay in the title race. Islam Slimani should continue to lead the line for the reigning champions, while all Braganca, Palhinha, and Pedro Goncalves return to the squad.
Centre-back Goncalo Inacio is a major doubt with flu. Guimaraes, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Famalicao and Maritimo. The hosts, though, have slim chances of securing a top-five finish, which is probably the main reason why away win should be considered. Nicolas Janvier, who scored the winner at the weekend, is pushing for a start, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
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 (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.