Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Porto will be aiming to keep their title hopes alive when they take on Farense at their Estadio do Dragao on Monday. The Dragons have slim chances of winning their 30th Primeira Liga trophy, but they would be happy with a top-two finish as well. Porto are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to beat Farense. Senegal goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye, who missed the draw with Benfica through injury, remains the only absentee in the home team.
Los Leoes de Faro, on the other hand, are fighting hard to secure the Primeira Liga survival, but they should not be looking for points at Porto. Farense have already suffered eight defeats on the road this season, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Porto’s party at Estadio do Dragao.
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 (Farense):
Established on April 1, 1910, S.C. Farense is a Portuguese club that plays in Primeira Liga. Farense returned to Primeira liga in 2020, with the team securing promotion to the Portuguese elite division following an 18-year absence.
The Leoes de Faro (Lions of Faro) play home games at Estadio da Sao Luis, the stadium with the capacity of 12,000 people. Fellow Algavre clubs Olhanense and Portimonense are regarded as Farense’s biggest rivals. Speaking of the club’s colours, Farense footballers wear black and white shirts when playing at home, while their away kit is mainly green.
In the 2995/96 season Farense represented Portugal in the UEFA Cup, with the team suffering a loss to Olympique Lyon in the first round of the competition. The 1994/95 season is considered the club’s most successful campaign in the Portuguese top flight as they finished the process in 5th position in the standings.