Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
After surviving Guimaraes on Monday evening, Sporting CP will look to keep their Champions League hopes alive when they face Famalicao in Lisbon on Matchday 30. The Lions are seven points behind third-place Braga, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for them. Both Trincao and Arthur Gomes are pushing for recalls to the starting XI, while all Cabral, Braganca, Paulinho, and St. Juste have been struggling with injuries of late.
Famalicao, meanwhile, are a team with two faces and seeing that they have already suffered eight defeats on the road this term, we predict that Sporting are going to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s encounter. The good news for the visiting side is that defender Riccieli is back from suspension. You should know that Sporting defeated Famalicao in each of the previous three meetings between the two sides in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Sebastian Coates):
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on October 7, 1990, Sebastian Coates is a 196-cm-tall defender who plays for Sporting CP in Primeira Liga. Coates is the product of the hometown club Nacional, and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 60 appearances for the capital club in the national championship.
After ending his spell with English club Sunderland, the Uruguay international moved to Portugal, signing a loan deal with Sporting CP in January 2016. He signed a permanent contract with the Lions in February 2017.
Speaking of his international career, Sebastian Coastes made his full Uruguay debut against Chile at the 2011 Copa America. La Celeste won the trophy, with the team beating Paraguay 3-0 in the final of the competition at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires. Coates wears the number 4 shirt at Sporting CP, and 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.