Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
After suffering a 2-1 loss to Boavista at the weekend, Sporting will be looking to return to winning ways when they face Gil Vicente in the Portugal Primeira Liga round 8. The Lions are eyeing their fourth win of the season, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s fixture. The home side will try to make amends for unexpected loss to Boavista, therefore, but Gil Vicente should not be underestimated. All Daniel Bragança, Jerry St. Juste, Luis Neto and Jovane Cabral are out of contention through injuries.
Os Galos, on the other hand, picked up one point against Rio Ave thanks to a late equalizing goal, but they face an uphill task in Lisbon. Ruben Amorim’s men have won six of their last seven encounters with Gil Vicente, and, taking everything into account, anything but a comfortable win for the home side will be a major surprise. Both Lucas Barros and Stanislav Kritsyuk remain in the recovery room, while Brian Rocha Araujo is banned for the match.
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 (Gil Vicente):
Founded in 1924, Gil Vicente are a Portuguese football club that compete in Primeira Liga. The Galos (Roosters) are well known for their red kit, but they wear white shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Gil Vicente have yet to win a domestic trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca da Liga final in the 2011/2012 season. The Galos suffered a 2-1 loss to Benfica in the title game at Estadio Cidade de Coimbra. The likes of Rodrigo and Saviola scored for Benfica, with Ze Luis finding the net for Gil Vicente.
The Galos welcome their rivals at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,504 people. The venue was opened on May 30, 2014 and it can hold up to 12,504 people. It has to be noted that the team first secured promotion to the Portuguese elite division in 1990.