Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Saturday’s football game at Estadio Municipal de Portimao pits together Portimonense and Rio Ave, the two teams who were beaten by Porto and Benfica respectively at the weekend. O Portimao are on a five-game losing run in Primeira Liga, with the team dropping down the standings week by week. Portimonense’s elite division status is now in danger, and, no doubt, they are desperate to grab something from the match.
Midfielder Lucas Ventura serves a one-game ban, while Bryan Rochez is pushing for a start. Luis Freire’s troops, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the table with 33 points on their account. Anyhow, the share of spoils is on the horizon as both sides should be happy with one point from the match. Midfielder Joca has yet to overcome a knee injury, while Colombia forward is back from suspension.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. SL Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances.
Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Portimonense):
Based in Portimao, Portimonense is a Portuguese football club that play home games at Estadio Municipal in Algarve. The capacity of the stadium that was opened in 1937 is 9,544. Portimonense welcome their rivals in black and white shirts and black shirts, whilst yellow is dominant colour of their away kit.
The black and whites finished the 1984/1985 Primeira Liga campaign in 5th position in the standings and, as a result, booked their place in the UEFA Cup. Portimonense did well to Partizan 1-0 on their debut in the European competition, but they suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to the famous Serbian club in the reverse fixture at Yugoslav National Army Stadium.
Fellow Algavre clubs Farense and Olhanense are considered the club’s main rivals. Jackson Martinez is one of the most notable footballers who played for the club. The Colombian attacker is considered one of the most successful attackers in the history of Porto as he scored 67 goals in 90 appearances for the Dragons in the Primeira Liga.