Our football match prediction:
Portugal will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Switzerland when they face Andorra in their first home fixture in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Cristiano Ronaldo misses the game with injury, but the Real Madrid superstar is going to lead the attack for Portugal against Andorra. Fernando Santos’ team are likely to go all guns blazing at Andorra in Friday’s football match and we predict that the European champions are going to hammer the minnows at Estadio Municipal de Aveiro. Andorra failed to score in previous six games in all competitions and we would not be surprised if Portugal manage to keep a clean sheet in Friday’s game. When the two teams met at Estadio dos Barreiros back in 2011 Portugal recorded a 3-0 win over Andorra. Taking everything into account, A Selecao are likely to roll over Koldo Alvarez’s team.
Highligted Player (Rui Patricio):
Sporting Lisbon and Portugal national team goalkeeper Rui Patricio is a one-club man. He was reportedly close to signing with Serie A giants Inter Milan during the 2008 of-season, but he remained in his club where he will most likely hang up his boots when the time comes. The 28-year-old shot stopper spent most of his career with the Lions making his debut with the first-team at only 18 years of age. Rui Patricio went on to appear in more than 350 official games for the Portugal greats and remains the first-choice keeper for his club and country. Having gone through all the youth selections with the national team, Rui Patricio was given his first senior cap in 2010 after Paulo Bento’s appointment. Rui Patricio represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and three European Championships. The 28-year-old was the mainstay in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 title in France.
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.