Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
A spot in the Taca de Portugal last 16 will be at stake when Penafield and Portimonense face each other at Estadio Municipal 25 de Abril on Friday. Penafiel booked their place in the last 32 by beating SB Castelo Branco 2-1, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Portimonense. Pedro Ribeiro should stick to the 3-4-3 formation with experienced attacker Roberto up front.
Paulo Sergio’s troops, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Penafiel by beating Oliveirense on penalties. The Primeira Liga side did well to beat Belenenses 2-0 before the international break, and seeing that they shocked Benfica in Lisbon last month, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting team. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be fit-again Japan international Shoya Nakajima, who found the net in the triumph over O Belem.
Highlighted Player (Lucas Possignolo ):
Lucas Possignolo is a Brazilian footballer who started his youth career at Sao Paulo, but he did not make his senior debut with the Tricolor. Possignolo moved to Portimonense on loan in 2014, and after scoring four goals in 57 appearances in the league, he signed a permanent deal with the Primeira Liga club in 2017.
The Brazilian defender made his debut in the Portuguese top flight on August 17, 2017, in a 2-1 home win over Boavista. Possignolo scored his first goal in the Primeira Liga in a 5-1 home defeat to Porto on February 25, 2018. His primary position at Portimonense is a centre-back, and his preferred foot is right.
Lucas Possignolo was born in Piracicaba, Brazil, on May 11, 1994. The 185-cm-tall defender, who wears the number 3 jersey at Portimonense, joined Sao Paulo at the age of 17.
Highlighted Team (Portimonense):
Based in Portimao, Portimonense is a Portuguese football club that play home games at Estadio Municipal in Algarve. The capacity of the stadium that was opened in 1937 is 9,544. Portimonense welcome their rivals in black and white shirts and black shirts, whilst yellow is dominant colour of their away kit.
The black and whites finished the 1984/1985 Primeira Liga campaign in 5th position in the standings and, as a result, booked their place in the UEFA Cup. Portimonense did well to Partizan 1-0 on their debut in the European competition, but they suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to the famous Serbian club in the reverse fixture at Yugoslav National Army Stadium.
Fellow Algavre clubs Farense and Olhanense are considered the club’s main rivals. Jackson Martinez is one of the most notable footballers who played for the club. The Colombian attacker is considered one of the most successful attackers in the history of Porto as he scored 67 goals in 90 appearances for the Dragons in the Primeira Liga.