Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
All eyes will be on Estadio do Dragao when Porto kick off the new Primeira Liga campaign with a match against Braga. The Dragons impressed in the last season finale, with the team putting an end to Benfica’s dominance in the Portuguese top flight. The reigning champions aim to make a flying start to the season, but Saturday’s showdown will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
Porto chiefs did well to sign the likes of Evanilson, Sanusi, Martinez, Carraca, Mehdi Taremi, and Claudio Ramos in the summer transfer window, but Fabio Silva, Jorge Fernandes, and Andre Pereira are no longer part of the team. Vitinha joined Wolverhampton on loan. Braga, on the other hand, have been trying to close the gap between Porto and Benfica. Os Arsenalistas aim to claim a major scalp in the season opener, but seeing that pacey winger signed for Barcelona in the summer transfer window, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Danilo Pereira):
Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, on September 9, 1991, Danilo Pereira is a defensive midfielder who plays for Primeira Liga club, Porto. Pereira spent his youth career at Arsenal 72, Estoril, and Benfica, but he did not continue playing for the Eagles at the senior level.
He started his senior career at Italian club Parma, and after ending his loan spells with Aris and Roda, the 188-cm-tall midfielder moved to Maritimo in the summer of 2013. After scoring four goals in 57 league appearances for Maritimo, Danilo Pereira signed a four-year deal with Porto in 2015. He made his debut with the Dragons in the Portuguese top flight on August 15, 2015, in a 3-0 win over Guimaraes.
Despite being born in Guinea-Bissau, the Porto midfielder decided to represent Portugal on the international stage. He made his Portugal debut in a 2-0 loss to Cape Verde in March 2015. His primary position is a defensive midfielder, but he is used as a centre-back as well.
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.