Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
Vitoria Guimaraes will be looking to retain top position in Group B when they welcome Sporting Covilha at their Estadio do Bonfim on Saturday evening. Os Vimaranenses have been impressive at home ground in the Primeira Liga this season, and it is no surprise they are seen as favourites to win their third group game. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be England rising star Marcus Edwards, who found the net in a 2-2 draw with Gil Vicente at the weekend.
As for the away side, Sporting Covilha are on a six-game winless run in Segunda Liga. The visitors did well to hold Benfica to a 1-1 draw in their last group game in Taca da Liga, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Guimaraes’ party at Estadio do Bonfim.
Highlighted Player (Pedro Henrique):
Pedro Henrique is a Brazilian defender who plays for Vitoria de Guimaraes in Primeira Liga. Born in Goiania on December 18, 1992, Pedrao is a product of Goias football school, but he made no more than one appearance for the Brazilian club before joining Cruzeiro-Poa.
Pedro Henrique played for the likes of Trindade and Aparecidense as well before joining Goias in the 2013/2014 season. In 2015 he moved to Portugal, signing a deal with Guimaraes where he established himself as a first-team regular.
Thanks to his brilliant performances Pedrao was given captaincy and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for OS Vimaranenses on December 9, 2018 in a 3-2 win over Rio Ave. His main position in centre-back, but he is used as a left-back as well. His preferred foot is left and he has a contract with Guimaraes which is set to expire on June 30, 2022.
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.