Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Estadio Municipal de Portimao will host Sunday’s Primeira Liga game between Portimonense and Braga. O Portimao aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Benfica and Estoril, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Braga. Defender Fahd Moufi is back from suspension, while Ricardo Matos continues to miss out with injury. Anyhow, home win should not be considered as Portimonense are safe for now.
The visitors, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Gil Vicente. Braga often struggle on the travels, but they should take advantage of Portimonense’s poor form. Both Nuno Sequeira and Roger Fernandes are sidelined with injuries, while important attacker Abel Ruiz should be recalled to the starting XI. In the first half of the season Braga rolled over O Portimao 3-0, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Achraf Lazaar):
Achraf Lazaar was born in Casablanca, Morocco on January 22, 1992, but he moved to Italy with his parents in 2003. The left-footed footballer began his youth career at Raja Casablanca and he joined Varese’s youth academy in 2009.
Lazaar made his debut for the senior team in 2012. He made 37 league appearances for Varese, but he did not find the net during his spell at the Stadio Franco Ossola outfit. In January 2014 he signed a contract with Palermo and he has been playing for the Sicilian outfit ever since.Lazaar plays as a left back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a left back as well. Seeing that he was unable to play for Italy, the Palermo footballer decided to represent Morocco on the international stage. He made his Morocco debut on 23 may, 2014 in a friendly against Mozambique. Morocco recorded a routine 4-0 win over Mozambique back then. Achraf Lazaar has a contract with Palermo which expires on 30 June, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Braga):
Braga are a Portuguese club that have always been in the shadow of Primeira Liga giants Porto, Benfica and Sporting. Os Minhotos were founded on 19 January, 1921 and they originally played in green and white kits. After the World War II they changed their kits to red and they have been wearing red shirts and white shorts ever since.
Braga play their home games at Estadio Municipal de Braga, the stadium that was opened in December, 2003. Os Minhotos have yet to win the Primeira Liga title, but they finished the 2009/2010 campaign in second position in the standings, just five points behind champions Benfica.
In 2011 Braga participated in the Europa League final, but fellow Portuguese outfit Porto proved to be a big catch for Os Minhotos. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. Vitoria de Guimaraes are considered Braga’s bitter rivals and the two teams face each other in the Minho derby.