Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Porto will be looking to stay in the Primeira Liga title race when they face Gil Vicente on Matchday 22. The Dragons look unstoppable at the moment, but they are still five points behind their bitter rivals in the standings. Since Porto head into Sunday’s clash following the Champions League encounter with Inter, meaning that boss Sergio Conceicao is going to mix the squad. Both Gabriel Veron and Francisco Meixedo are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
Os Galos, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, but despite their three-game unbeaten run, they are still sitting in the danger zone. Anyhow, we are going to put our money on the title-chasing hosts, who have turned their Estadio do Dragao into a real fortress. To make thing even worse for the visiting side, midfielder Vitor Carvalho is banned for the match.
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 (Gil Vicente):
Founded in 1924, Gil Vicente are a Portuguese football club that compete in Primeira Liga. The Galos (Roosters) are well known for their red kit, but they wear white shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Gil Vicente have yet to win a domestic trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca da Liga final in the 2011/2012 season. The Galos suffered a 2-1 loss to Benfica in the title game at Estadio Cidade de Coimbra. The likes of Rodrigo and Saviola scored for Benfica, with Ze Luis finding the net for Gil Vicente.
The Galos welcome their rivals at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,504 people. The venue was opened on May 30, 2014 and it can hold up to 12,504 people. It has to be noted that the team first secured promotion to the Portuguese elite division in 1990.