Our football match prediction:
Faroe Islands managed to hold Hungary to a goalless draw in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign. To make things even better for the fans, Lars Olsen’s men recorded a historical 2-0 win over Latvia in their second group game and, no doubt, the Islanders are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Portugal. As expected, Fernando Santos’ men rolled over Andorra (6-0) on Friday evening, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring four goals for A Selecao on his return from injury. All eyes will be on the Portuguese superstar when the two teams take on each other at Torsvollur and we predict that the Real Madrid attacker is going to prove a handful for the opposition back line. Portugal impressed in the 6-0 win over Andorra and, taking everything into account, there is every chance the European champions will pick up all three points from Monday’s football match.
Highlighted Player (Adrien Silva):
Adrien Silva is a Portuguese midfielder who began his career with French club Bordeaux, before moving to ARC Paco and ultimately Sporting still as a youth player. The 27-year-old French-born midfielder was given his Sporting debut in 2007, but it wasn’t until 2012 when he was given more room to show his qualities. Having spent 15 years of loyal service at the club and having gone through all the youth ranks with the Portugal national team, Adrien Silva made a man for himself during the Euro 2016 when he played every single one of Portugal’s matches from the round of 16 onwards. His imposing performances allowed him to attract plenty of interest from Europe’s top clubs during the summer transfer window. Premier League champions Leicester City were at the forefront for the player who played 29 games for Sporting last season, adding 8 goals in the process.
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.