Our prediction for this match:
Benfica and Vilafranquense face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Estadio da Luz. The Eagles head into the match following the Europa League clash against Standard, and, no doubt, boss Jorge Jesus is going to field the best possible side against the Liga Portugal 2 side. Benfica are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we are positive that they will prove their worth on the field.
Vilafranquense, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Sanjoanense, but they face an uphill task in Sunday’s showdown. As previously mentioned, David faces Goliath in Lisbon, and anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the Portuguese Cup. The likes of Almeida, Grimaldo, Samaris, and Todibo are all likely to miss the game through injury for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Jan Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since.
The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings.
Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies.
Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.