Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Porto will try to recover from a heart-breaking loss to Benfica when they take on Santa Clara in the Liga Portugal round 11. The Dragons are now eight points behind their bitter rivals, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for Sergio Conceicao’s troops. Midfielder Stephen Eustaquio serves a one-game ban, while there are no fresh injury worries in the away team. Joao Mario is back from the Champions League ban.
Santa Clara, on the other hand, did well to beat Vizela on the road on Matchday 10, but despite the triumph, they remained in the relegation zone. Given the importance of Saturday’s clash for Porto, we do not believe that the hosts are capable of claiming a major scalp. Mario Silva is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Vizela at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Claudio Ramos ):
Claudio Ramos is a professional footballer who plays for Primeira Liga side Tondela as a goalkeeper. The 183-cm-tall shot-stopper was born in Vila Nova de Paiva, Portugal, on November 16, 1991, and he played for the likes of Paivense, Academico Viseu, Repesenses, and Vitoria Guimaraes during his youth career.
Claudio Ramos started his senior at Amarante, spending the 2010/2011 season on loan at the lower-league Portuguese club, and in 2011 he signed a loan deal with Tondela. The Portuguese goalkeeper has been playing for Tondela ever since, establishing himself as a first-choice shot-stopper at the club. He made his Primeira Liga debut on November 6, 2011, in a 2-0 win over Paredes, keeping four clean sheets in total in the 2011/2012 season.
Claudio Ramos has two caps for the Portugal U20 team, and he made his debut with the Portugal senior team in a 3-1 win over Scotland at Hampden Park on October 14, 2018. The Tondela goalkeeper wears the No. 1 jersey.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.