Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Sporting CP will look to build on back-to-back wins over Boavista and Gil Vicente when they take on Portimonense in the Primeira Liga round 33. The Lions failed to defend their trophy, but they will represent Portugal in the Champions League for yet another term. Pablo Sarabia continues to lead the line for the capital club, while there are no fresh injury worries in Ruben Amorim’s team. All Paulinho, Vinagre, and Ugarte are pushing for a start.
O Portimao, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating both Famalicao and Moreirense, while losing to Porto and Arouca. Portimonense are eight points clear of the relegation zone, meaning that they have little to play for in the season finale. Taking everything into account, a lively contest is on the cards, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. The good news for the hosts is that Samuel is back from suspension.
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 (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.