Our football match prediction:
Despite recording seven wins in eight qualifying matches in Group, Portugal sit in second place in the standings ahead of Saturday’s football game against Andorra. Fernando Santos’ men have already booked their place in the play-offs, but they could still secure automatic qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and, no doubt, the visitors will take the Andorra game very seriously. Cristiano Ronaldo has been struggling to find his form in La Liga of late, but the opposition defenders should have the Real Madrid ace at bay. Andorra have been producing fine performances in the World Cup qualifiers, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s clash against A Seleccao. In each of their previous four meetings Portugal defeated Andorra and, taking everything into account, the minnows are unlikely to upset the star-studded visitors at Estadi Nacional in Andorra la Vella.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign. The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
Highlighted Team (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires. Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.