Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
There will be fireworks when Porto and Braga face each other in the Primeira Liga derby on Friday evening. After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Estoril, Porto will try to get back on course in the national championship, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Iran international Mehdi Taremi will pose a big threat to the opposition back-line as he has scored five goals and assisted two more for the reigning champions this season. Both Fernando Andrade and Otavio are sidelined with injuries.
The visiting side, on the other hand, are on an exceptional nine-game winning run in all competitions, including Europa League wins over Malmo FF and Union Berlin. Ricardo Horta is the man to keep an eye on in the away team, as the Portuguese striker has already netted four goals this term. Anyhow, there is a big value on betting on both teams to score, since both sides have been sharp in front of goal in the first half of the season. Defensive duo Victor Gomez - Sikou Niakate is out of contention through injuries.
Highlighted Player (Fabio Cardoso):
Fabio Cardoso is a Portuguese defender who was born in Agueda (Portugal) on April 19, 1994. Cardoso started his youth career at his hometown club Agueda, but in 2008 he continued his development at Benfica. After scoring three goals in 55 appearances for Benfica B, he spent the 2015/2016 season on loan at Pacos Ferreira.
In the summer of 2017, he signed a four-year deal with Vitoria Setubal, but he spent only one season at Estadio do Bonfim. Cardoso joined Scottish club Glasgow Rangers in June 2017, signing a three-year contract with the club for a fee of around £1.3 million.
The Portuguese defender, though, made no more than 12 appearances for the Gers, joining Santa Clara in the summer of 2018. Fabio Cardoso has four caps with the Portugal U20 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the senior team. His primary position is a centre-back, but he is often used as a left-back. His preferred foot is right.
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.