Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Porto will look to keep their title hopes alive when they take on Famalicao at their Estadio do Dragao on Matchday 16. The Dragons dropped two points in a goalless draw with Casa Pia, and, no doubt, they will give 100% to return to winning ways this weekend. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Iran forward Mehdi Taremi, while both Francisco Meixedo and Evanilson remain in the recovery room.
Famalicao, on the other hand, did well to beat Vizela at home in their last league match, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the title-chasing Portuguese giants. Both Theo Fonseca and Andre Simoes are out of contention with injuries, speaking of the away side. In their last meeting at “Dragao” Porto defeated Famalicao 3-1, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
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.