Two of Portugal’s high-fliers go head-to-head when Vitoria Guimaraes host FC Porto on Tuesday at 9pm (UK time).
Porto currently sit fourth in the Primeira Liga table, two and seven points adrift of rivals Benfica and Sporting CP, respectively. Vitoria, meanwhile, are only three points and one place further back than Porto, having enjoyed a positive start to the season so far.
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Scoreline prediction: Vitoria Guimaraes 1-2 Porto
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Vitoria Guimaraes vs Porto build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
A run of three consecutive wins has seen Vitoria Guimaraes move themselves up to fifth place in the Primeira Liga table and just three points behind their latest opponents. At home, though, Vitoria have been struggling of late; before a narrow 1-0 win over Portimonense they suffered three losses across four matches including a humbling 0-4 defeat at the hands of Sporting, who currently lead the championship.
FC Porto meanwhile are experiencing similar momentum, visiting Vitoria on the back of securing four consecutive league wins, albeit just one of those successes came on the road at Santa Clara (0-1). Away from home they’ve only mustered two wins from four games played, but Sérgio Conceição’s men average 2.5 goals per game, which is, to date, the best return of any Primeira Liga side this season.
- Vitoria (vs Santa Clara): Varela; Sacko, Fernandes, Mumin, Mensah; Almeida, Pepelu, Andre; Quaresma, Estupinan, Rochinha.
- Porto (vs Benfica): Marchesin; Manafa, Mbemba*, Pepe, Sanusi; Corona, Oliveira, Uribe, Otavio; Marega, Taremi.
For the hosts Alhassan Wakaso is out until mid-January, while Joseph Amoah, Yann Aurel Bisseck, Zie Ouattara and Mikel Agu are all doubts. Lyle Foster and Easah Suliman are also both unavailable for selection, as is former Chelsea midfielder Jacob Maddox.
Mouhamed Mbaye is out until April with an ACL injury for Porto, and while Ivan Marcano is back in training following his recovery from the same problem, he’s unlikely to feature here. Chancel Mbemba is also a doubt after picking up knock in the Super Cup win over Benfica.
Player to watch: Ricardo Quaresma (Vitoria)
From riding a horse to throwing in a Harry Potter reference, Ricardo Quaresma’s signing announcement video was about as cinematic, ridiculous and entertaining as you’d imagine from one of football’s most compelling characters.
DONE DEAL: @VitoriaSC1922 have confirmed the signing of Ricardo Quaresma.
An iconic announcement video.pic.twitter.com/7iLW97Y7dx
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 7, 2020
An 80-time Portugal international, Quaresma is one of the most recognisable figures in his homeland, despite never quite fulfilling the considerable potential he showed as a youngster.
Now 37, he is Vitoria’s chief creative force right now, providing a team-high three Primeira Liga assists this season. Two of those assists came in a 4-0 win over Santa Clara last time out, while Quaresma also helped himself to a goal in that match, rolling back the years and proving just how decisive he can still be.
Being such a well-travelled player, Quaresma has faced Porto six times in the past, despite being a veteran of 216 games for the Blue and Whites. However, he’s yet to score against them during that time, so he’ll be hoping his recent resurgence can help deliver the goals to fire Vitoria to a win on Tuesday, thus bringing them level in the table with Porto.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Vitoria: WWWLW
- Porto: WWWWL
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