Our football match prediction:
Portugal will be aiming to extend their impressive winning run in Group B when they welcome Latci at Estadio Do Algarve. A Selecao outclassed the likes of Andorra and Faroe Islands in previous two qualifying games, with the team scoring 12 goals in those encounters. Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to extend his goal-scoring run and the Real Madrid attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The European champions aim to play an important role at the 2018 World Cup finals and they want to get their job done in Group B as soon as possible. Latvia did well to beat Andorra on the road in their opener, but they failed to impress in defeats to the likes of Faroe Islands and Hungary in previous two group games. The Latvians face an uphill task in Sunday’s football game against Portugal and we predict that they will return home empty-handed.
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.