Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Braga, Porto will look to stay in the title race when they take on Moreirense on Matchday 18. The Dragons are five points behind league leaders Sporting CP in the standings, meaning that Saturday’s game is of big importance for the home side. Evanilson limped off with injury in the last league match, with Toni Martinez likely to step up, while both Zaidu Sanusi and Mehdi Taremi are on international duty. Ivan Marcano (ACL injury) is a long-term absentee.
Moreirense, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Estoril. Os verdes e brancos suffered a heavy 5-0 loss to Porto in the last meeting between the two sides at Estadio do Dragao and we predict that history is going to repeat itself. As for the away team, head coach Rui Borges has a luxury to field the best possible side.
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 (Moreirense):
Moreirense are a Portuguese football club based in Moreira de Conegos. Founded on November 1, 1938, Os verdes e brancos welcome their rivals at Parque Moreira de Conegos Guimaraes, the venue which can hold up to 9,000 spectators.
Moreirense wear green and white shirts and white shorts when playing at home, whilst black and red are the dominant colours of their away kit. In the 2016/2017 season Os verdes e brancos did well to win the Taca da Liga trophy, with the team beating Braga 1-0 in the title game.
Caue scored the winner for Moreirense on the stroke of half time. Moreirense impressed in the 2018/2019 Primeira Liga season, finishing the process in sixth position in the standings. The club missed out on a place in the Europa League on goal difference to Vitoria de Guimaraes. Penafiel are considered one of the club’s main rivals.