Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
After suffering a 2-1 loss to Rio Ave in the opening match of their Taca da Liga campaign, Sporting CP will be looking to get back on course in Group C when they face Gil Vicente at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos on Wednesday evening. When the two teams met in the Primeira Liga at the weekend, Gil Vicente defeated Sporting CP 3-1, meaning that the Lions are hungry for revenge.
However, we are not tempted to put our money on the capital club as head coach Leonel Pontes is likely to rest key players in the Taca da Liga clash. Since the hosts are brimming with confidence ahead of Wednesday’s showdown, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Vitor Oliveira’s troops. Algeria international Zakaria Naidji, who came from the bench and scored in the 3-1 win over Sporting CP at the weekend, is likely to return to the starting line-up for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Sandro Lima):
Born in Belem, Brazil, on October 28, 1990, Sandro Lima is a forward who plays for Primeira Liga club Gil Vicente. Sandro Lima began his career at ASEEV, but he played for the likes of Goiatuba, Gremio Anapolis, Independente, Rio Ave (loan), Academico de Viseu (loan), Chaves (loan) and Estoril as well before signing a contract with Gil Vicente.
The Brazilian attacker made his Primeira Liga debut with Galos in a 2-1 win over Portuguese giants Porto on August 10, 2019. Sandro Lima scored his first goal for the club in the Portuguese top flight on August 25, 2019, in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Braga.
His main position is centre-forward, but he is used as a left winger as well. His preferred foot is right, and he wears the number 91 shirt at Gil Vicente. Sandro Lima has yet to earn a call up for the Brazilian national team.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.