Our football match prediction:
David faces Goliath at Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI in Porto on Thursday evening. Portugal are seen as hot favourites to win the World Cup qualifier against Faroe Islands, but the European champions will have to prove their worth on the field. A Selecao kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 loss to Switzerland, but Fernando Santos’ troops are on a five-game winning run in Group B and they are widely expected to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. Cristiano Ronaldo is well rested as the Real Madrid ace missed La Liga game against Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia through suspension and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The minnows, on the other hand, have little to play for in the Estdio do Bessa Seculo XXI clash and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that Portugal crushed Faroe Islands 6-0 in the reverse fixture.
Highlighted Player (Eder):
Eder is a Portuguese footballer who helped A Seleccao win their first ever major title as he scored a late goal against France in the 2016 European Championship final. Eder was born on December 22, 1987 in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, but he eventually decided to represent Portugal on the international stage and, no doubt, that proved to be the best decision of his life. Speaking of his club career, the 190-cm-tall attacker played for the youth team of ADC Ademia from 1999 to 2006 and in 2006 he moved to Oliveira Hospital. He player for the likes of Tourizense, Academica and Braga in Portugal as well before joining Swansea City in the summer of 2015. Eder made his Premier League debut on August 8, 2015 in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, but it has to be noted that he failed to find the net for the Swans in the English top flight. After failing to impress at Swansea City, Eder joined Lille on loan in the 2016 January transfer window and four months later he signed a permanent deal with les Dogues.
Highlighted Team (Faroe Islands):
Faroe Islands gained membership of FIFA on July 2, 1988 and they played their first official game on August 24 against Iceland. They were beaten by the Icelanders in Akranes, but two years later they recorded probably the most significant victory in the history of the national team as they defeated Austria 1-0 in Euro 1992 qualifiers. Faroe Islands have yet to qualify for a major tournament, but they have been making progress year by year. The Landsliðið play their home games at Torsvollur and the capacity of the venue is 6.000. Faroe Islands recorded their biggest win against Gibraltar on March 1, 2014 (4-1) and they suffered their biggest defeat in 1996 when they were beaten 8-1 by Yugoslavia in front of home fans. In the 2016 European Championship qualifiers Faroe Islands recorded a double victory over Greece, but the minnows eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in France. The likes of Frodi Benjaminsen, Oli Johannesen, Rogvi Jacobsen, Todi Jonsson and Jakup Mikkelsen are the most notable footballers who played for the Faroe Islands national team.