Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
All eyes will be on Estadio do Dragao when Porto and Famalicao face each other in the Primeira Liga derby. Famalicao have been playing above expectations on their debut season in the Portuguese top flight and they are leading the standings ahead of the trip to Porto. The Vila Nova are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the national championship, but the Dragons are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the newcomers than their previous rivals.
Porto are on a six-game winning run in the Primeira Liga and seeing that they have been impressive at the back of late, home win should be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the home side will be Mali international Moussa Marega, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. When the two teams met in the Taca da Liga in 2016 Famalicao defeated Porto 1-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Porto as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign.
The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
Highlighted Team (Famalicao):
Founded on August 21, 1931, Famalicao are a Portuguese football club that compete in the Primeira Liga. The colour of their home kit is white, with the team wearing blue shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Famalicao welcome their rivals at Estadio Municipal 22 de Junho Vila Nova de Famalicao, the venue with the capacity of 5,307 people. The stadium was opened in 1952 and ever since has been serving as the team’s home ground. Famalicao are owned by Quantum Pacific Group, the company which has a 32% share of famous La Liga side Atletico Madrid as well.
The Azuis e Brancos secured promotion to Primeira Liga for the first time in the 1946/1947 season and they returned to the Portuguese elite division in 2019. Famalicao recorded a 2-0 win over Santa Clara on their return to the Portuguese top flight, with Toni Martinez and Anderson finding the net for the visitors.