Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Arouca, Sporting CP will look to stay in the title race when they face Moreirense at Parque Joaquim de Almeida Freitas. The Lions are six points behind league leaders Porto, meaning that this has to go down as yet another must-win game for the visiting team. All Daniel Braganca, Joao Palhinha, and Pedro Goncalves are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
Moreirense, on the other hand, aim to escape the relegation zone. The hosts failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Maritimo, and given their poor form in the Portuguese top flight, we predict that the reigning champions will emerge triumphant in Monday’s clash. The good news for the hosts is that experienced midfielder Fabio Pacheco is back to the starting XI after serving his one-game ban in the last league match.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Mirallas):
Kevin Mirallas is a Belgian footballer player born on 5th October 1987, who started showing his potential at a very young age. After coming through the youth ranks at Standard Liege, the forward moved to Lille in 2004 and he impressed playing for les Dogues, scoring 10 goals in 76 league appearances.
The move to Saint Etienne did not work out as planned, but a two-year stint at Olympiakos that followed helped the player get his career back on track. Having scored 34 goals in 52 league outings, Mirallas decided to join Everton and he enjoyed a bright start to his career in England. However, just like the entire team, the highly rated footballer suffered a serious dip in form and he has struggled for playing time over the last couple of years.
Mirallas has made over 50 appearances for the Belgium national team, representing the Red Devils at the 2014 World Cup and Eur0 2016 finals, scoring 9 goals in first 50 caps.
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.