Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Santa Clara will be aiming to put an end to their three-game losing run when they take on Vitoria Guimaraes in the Primeira Liga round 23. Santa Clara have been struggling at the back of late, and, as a result, the odds for away win have been dropping. Ygor Nogueira is back from suspension, while goalkeeper Marco Perreira remains on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. Midfielder Tomas Domingos will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Os Vimaranenses, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Braga, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered. Tiago Silva is banned for the match, while Ze Carlos faces race against the clock to be fit for Sunday’s encounter. In their first half of the season Guimaraes defeated Santa Clara thanks to Anderson Silva’s goal.
Highlighted Team (Guimaraes):
Vitoria Guimaraes have always been in the shadow of famous Portuguese sides Porto, Benfica and Sporting, but over the years they have established themselves as a top-table side in the Primeira Liga. Os Vimaranenses did well to win Taca de Portugal in the 2012/2013 season, wi the team beating Benfica in the final of the domestic cup.
Vitoria Guimaraes finished the 2016/2017 Primeira Liga campaign in fourth place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers. The Portuguese side will face the likes of Salzburg, Konyaspor and Olympic Marseille in Group I and they are seen as underdogs in their group. Vitoria Guimaraes welcome their rivals at Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques and the venue can hold up to 30.000 spectators.
Os Vimaranenses play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, whilst they wear black when playing on the road. Their neighbours Braga are considered Guimaraes’ fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the derby of Minho Province.