Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Sporting CP will look to melt Porto’s advantage in the standings when they welcome Pacos Ferreira to their Estadio Jose Alvalade on Matchday 28. The Lions are eyeing their fourth consecutive league win, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Os Castores. Morocco international Zouhair Feddal is back from suspension, whilst fit-again midfielder Pedro Goncalves is pushing for a start.
Ferreira, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Arouca and Moreirense. Os Castores aim to move closer to the Conference League berth, but it seems as if the hosts want this win more than the visiting side. It has to be noted that all Joao Vigario, Flavio Ramos, and Jorge Silva are out of contention through injuries for the visiting team. In the first half of the season Sporting CP defeated Ferreira 2-0 at Estadio da Capital do Movel.
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 (Ferreira):
Founded on April 5, 1950, Pacos de Ferreira are a Portuguese football club who play their home games at Estadio da Mata Real. The venue can hold up to 9,077 people and it was opened in October 7, 1973. Os Castores are well known for their yellow shirts and green shorts, with the team wearing white and black kit when playing on the travels.
Pacos de Ferreira have yet to win the Primeira Liga trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca de Portugal final in the 2008/2009 season. Os Castores faced Porto in the title game, with the Dragons attacker Lisandro Lopez scoring the only game of the match.
Two seasons later Pacos de Ferreira faced Benfica in the Taca da Liga final, with the Eagles lifting the trophy. Wolverhampton forward Diogo Jota is one of notable footballers who started their senior careers at Pacos de Ferreira.