Our football match prediction:
Stadions Skonto in Riga will host Friday’s football game between Latvia and Portugal. The Latvians kicked off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Andorra, but they have been struggling in Group B ever since. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Faroe Islands and Hungary, the Baltic side were beaten by Portugal and Switzerland in last two qualifying matches and, as a result, they have slim chances of qualifying for the next year’s World Cup finals. Portugal, on the other hand, recorded a routine win over Cyprus in a friendly at the weekend and seeing that they have been scoring goals for fun in the World Cup qualifiers, we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from Friday’s game. A man to watch in the away team will be Cristiano Ronaldo, who helped Real Madrid win 12th European Cup at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (William Carvalho):
Angola-born defensive midfielder William Carvalho has overseen a dramatic rise in his stock over the past few seasons at Sporting. William Carvalho is coming from a proper football family since his father and grandfather were also footballers, but his way to the top has had a somewhat dramatic twist to it. Carvalho moved to Portugal as a child and first started playing football in the streets before he was picked up by Recreativos Desportivos de Algueriao. William Carvalho joined the Sporting football academy at the age of 13 The 24-year-old Portugal star player has spent two years on loan at Fatima and Cercle Brugge, before he got the chance to cement his place in the starting line-up for Portuguese giants. William Carvalho came through all youth ranks with the Portugal national team, while he was given his senior debut in 2013. Carvalho played an important role in his country’s maiden European Championship title in France over the summer.
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.