Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Santa Clara and Famalicao face each other at Estadio de Sao Miguel in what is expected to be a very interesting game. Santa Clara are on a four-game winless run in the Primeira Liga, but Tuesday’s victory over Moreirense in Taca de Portugal undisputedly gave them a confidence boost. Os Acoreanos boss Daniel Ramos has a full squad to choose from, and he is likely to field the best possible side against Famalicao.
The visitors, on the other hand, suffered yet another dip in form, with the team losing each of their last three league fixtures. Famalicao experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Porto, and seeing that Santa Clara are eager to record their first win of the year, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in the Portuguese top flight Santa Clara defeated Famalicao thanks to Lincoln’s goal.
Highlighted Player (Fabio Cardoso):
Fabio Cardoso is a Portuguese defender who was born in Agueda (Portugal) on April 19, 1994. Cardoso started his youth career at his hometown club Agueda, but in 2008 he continued his development at Benfica. After scoring three goals in 55 appearances for Benfica B, he spent the 2015/2016 season on loan at Pacos Ferreira.
In the summer of 2017, he signed a four-year deal with Vitoria Setubal, but he spent only one season at Estadio do Bonfim. Cardoso joined Scottish club Glasgow Rangers in June 2017, signing a three-year contract with the club for a fee of around £1.3 million.
The Portuguese defender, though, made no more than 12 appearances for the Gers, joining Santa Clara in the summer of 2018. Fabio Cardoso has four caps with the Portugal U20 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the senior team. His primary position is a centre-back, but he is often used as a left-back. His preferred foot is right.
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.