Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Sporting CP will be looking to retain top position in the standings when they take on Nacional at Estadio de Madeira on Matchday 13. The Lions are obviously determined to close the gap between Porto and Benfica, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Friday’s football match. Talented tactician Emanuel Ferro is doing a great job with the capital club, but he must warn his men against complacency as the season is quite long.
It has to be noted that Sporting are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in the Portuguese top flight. Nacional, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Tondela. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Emanuel Ferro can count on key players for Friday’s showdown. In their last meeting at Estadio de Madeira Sporting defeated Nacional thanks to Phellype’s goal. Speaking of Phellype, he is unlikely to recover in time to face Jorge Giordano’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Riccardo Piscitelli ):
Born in Vimercate, Italy on October 10, 1993, Riccardo Piscitelli is a goalkeeper who plays for Nacional in Primeira Liga. Piscitelli started his youth career at Serie A giants Milan, but he was not given a chance to play for the senior team.
As a result, he was sent on loan to Carrarese where he made 23 appearances in the league. The Italian shot-stopper played for the likes of Benevento, Carpi, and Dinamo Bucuresti as well before joining Nacional in 2020. Riccardo Piscitelli has three caps with the Italy U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team.
His preferred foot is left, and he has a contract with Nacional until July 24, 2020. The 189-cm-tall has yet to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper at Nacional as he has been in Daniel’s shadow. His preferred foot is left.
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.