Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
Porto will be looking to cement top position in Group D when they take on Chaves at Estadio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira on Sunday evening. The Dragons are still without injured attacker Vincent Aboubakar, but the likes of Soares and Ze Luis are likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Ze Luis has lost his place in the starting line-up in the Primeira Liga, but he is likely to be deployed up front against Chaves in the Taca da Liga clash.
The hosts have been impressive in the Taca da Liga this term, with the team beating the likes of Santa Clara and Casa Pia in Group D. Considering that Porto boss Sergio Conceicao is unlikely to field the best possible side against Chaves, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Anyhow, both teams should be happy with one point from the match.
Highlighted Player (Danilo Pereira):
Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, on September 9, 1991, Danilo Pereira is a defensive midfielder who plays for Primeira Liga club, Porto. Pereira spent his youth career at Arsenal 72, Estoril, and Benfica, but he did not continue playing for the Eagles at the senior level.
He started his senior career at Italian club Parma, and after ending his loan spells with Aris and Roda, the 188-cm-tall midfielder moved to Maritimo in the summer of 2013. After scoring four goals in 57 league appearances for Maritimo, Danilo Pereira signed a four-year deal with Porto in 2015. He made his debut with the Dragons in the Portuguese top flight on August 15, 2015, in a 3-0 win over Guimaraes.
Despite being born in Guinea-Bissau, the Porto midfielder decided to represent Portugal on the international stage. He made his Portugal debut in a 2-0 loss to Cape Verde in March 2015. His primary position is a defensive midfielder, but he is used as a centre-back as well.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.