Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
Maritimo kicked off their Taca da Liga campaign with a 1-1 draw with Pacos de Ferreira, with the team suffering a 2-1 loss to Sporting Braga in their second group game. Os Maior das Ilhas did well to beat Boavista in their last home game in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Penafiel.
Maritimo have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Taca da Liga campaign, and we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football match. Penafiel have been struggling in all competitions this term. The Segunda Liga side suffered a 3-1 loss to Sporting Braga in their Taca da Liga opener, with the team losing to Pacos de Ferreira in their second group match. Given their poor form, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Madeira.
Highlighted Player (Amir Abedzadeh):
Amir Abedzadeh is an Iran international who plays for Maritimo as a goalkeeper. The 186-cm-tall shot-stopper was born in Tehran, Iran, on April 26, 1993, and started his senior career at LA Blues. After making 14 appearances for the American club.
Amir Abedzadeh moved to Persepolis in the summer of 2012, and after playing for the likes of Rah Ahan and Barreirense, he joined Maritimo in the winter of 2017. The Iranian goalkeeper made his debut with Maritimo in the Taca de Portugal clash against Torcatense on October 14, 2017.
Speaking of his international career, Amir Abedzadeh made his Iran debut against Uzbekistan on May 19, 2018. It has to be noted that the Iranian shot-stopper managed to keep three clean sheets in 13 appearances for Maritimo in the 2018/2019 Primeira Liga, conceding 16 goals in the process. His preferred foot is right, and he wears the number 1 shirt.
Highlighted Team (Maritimo):
Based in Funchal, Madeira, Maritimo are a Portuguese club that compete in Primeira Liga. O Maior das Ilhas (The Greatest of the Islands) play their home matches in the national championship at Estadio do Maritimo.
The stadium was officially founded on May 5, 1957 and it can hold up to 10,932 spectators. Maritimo won their first and only Campeonato de Portugal in the 1925/1926 season, with the team beating Belenenses in the title game 2-0 at Campo do Ameal. Maritimo wear green shirts with red stripes and white shorts when playing on home soil, whilst the colour of their away kit is sky blue.
The Estadio do Maritimo have yet to win the Taca de Portugal trophy, but they made it to the final of the competition on two occasions (1994/95, 2000/01), as well as the final of the Taca da Liga in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Nacional are considered the club’s main rivals.