Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
Estadio da Luz will host the Taca da Liga clash between Benfica and Guimaraes. The Eagles aim to build on a 5-0 win over Vilafranquense, and they must be high on confidence ahead of Wednesdays’ clash. It is well known that Jorge Jesus wants to win everything, and we predict that the Portuguese giants will go all guns blazing at Guimaraes.
The visitors failed to impress in the Taca de Portugal loss to Santa Clara, and it is no wonder they are seen as underdogs in the Portuguese League Cup quarter-final. A man to watch in the home team will be Haris Seferovic, who scored a brace in the 5-0 win over Vilafranquense. In their last encounter in Lisbon Benfica outplayed Vitoria Guimaraes 2-0, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Eagles this time out.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. SL Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances.
Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Guimaraes):
Vitoria Guimaraes have always been in the shadow of famous Portuguese sides Porto, Benfica and Sporting, but over the years they have established themselves as a top-table side in the Primeira Liga. Os Vimaranenses did well to win Taca de Portugal in the 2012/2013 season, wi the team beating Benfica in the final of the domestic cup.
Vitoria Guimaraes finished the 2016/2017 Primeira Liga campaign in fourth place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers. The Portuguese side will face the likes of Salzburg, Konyaspor and Olympic Marseille in Group I and they are seen as underdogs in their group. Vitoria Guimaraes welcome their rivals at Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques and the venue can hold up to 30.000 spectators.
Os Vimaranenses play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, whilst they wear black when playing on the road. Their neighbours Braga are considered Guimaraes’ fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the derby of Minho Province.