Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Maritimo and Braga go head to head at Estadio dos Barreiros in a highly-anticipated Primeira Liga game. Maritimo are fighting hard to secure the elite division survival, but they head into Sunday’s game following back-to-back defeats to Porto (0-2) and Chaves (1-2). The good news for the hosts is that all Pablo Moreno, Vitor Costa and Edgar Costa are back from suspensions.
The Reds, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 5-0 loss to Sporting, with the team rolling over Famalicao 4-1 at the weekend. Bruma could sneak into the starting XI after scoring a brace at the weekend, while there are no fresh injury worries in the away team. Anyhow, we predict that Braga will take advantage of the current situation in Maritimo’s dressing room. In the first half of the season the Reds hammered Jose Gomes’ men 5-0.
Highlighted Player (Ricardo Horta):
Ricardo Horta is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting Braga in Primeira Liga. Born in Sobreda, Portugal, on September 15, 1994, Ricardo Horta spent his youth career at Ginasio Corroios, Benfica, and Vitoria Setubal.
The 173-cm-tall winger continued playing for Setubal at the senior level, but he moved to Malaga in the summer of 2014, signing a five-year deal with the La Liga outfit. Ricardo Horta scored only one goal in 48 appearances for los Boquerones in the Spanish top flight before signing a loan deal with Braga. In July 2017, he signed a permanent contract with the Minhotos.
Ricardo Horta made his Primeira Liga debut against Rio Ave back in April 2013, during his spell with Vitoria Setubal. His primary position is left winger, but he is capable of producing good performances as a right winger as well. He made his Portugal debut in a 1-0 loss to Albania in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
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.