Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Following a 2-1 win over Leixoes in the League Cup, Porto will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Chaves on Friday evening. The Dragons were beaten by Sporting CP in their last league match, with veteran defender Pepe picking up a red card. As a result, the former Real Madrid centre-back misses out through suspension, while fellow defender Ivan Marcano remains on the sidelines with an ACL injury.
Os Valentes, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in back-to-back losses to Estoril (0-4) and Casa Pia (1-3) and given their shaky defence, we predict that the title-chasing hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. As for the visiting side, both Sanca and Guimaraes are pushing for a start after duo Vitoria – Pedro failed to impress in the last league fixture.
Highlighted Player (Toni Martinez):
Born in Barrio del Progreso, Spain, on June 30, 1997, Toni Martinez is a forward who plays for Primeira Liga side Famalicao. Martinez is a product of Real Murcia football school, but in 2013 he moved to Valencia youth academy.
After scoring two goals in 16 appearances for Valencia B, the Spaniard signed a deal with West Ham United in April 2016 for a fee of around £2.4 million. However, he did not see any game action in the Premier League with the Hammers as he was immediately sent on loan to Oxford United.
Toni Martinez played for the likes of Real Valladolid, Rayo Majadahonda, and Lugo on loan as well before signing a three-year deal with Famalicao in the summer of 2019. He made his debut with the Azuis e Brancos on August 3, 2019, in a 2-0 home defeat to Covilha in the Taca da Portugal. Toni Martinez has two caps with the Spain U19 team.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.