Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
David faces Goliath at Estadio do Dragao as Porto and Arouca go head to head in the Taca de Portugal last 16. Following four consecutive wins in all competitions, the Dragons played out a goalless draw with Casa Pia at the weekend to drop to 3rd place in the Primeira Liga standings. Porto aim to return to winning ways as soon as possible, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Arouca.
Forwards Pepe and Toni Martinez are pushing for a start, while all Evanilson, Meixedo, Zaidu, and defender Pepe remain in the recovery room. Meanwhile, the visitors rolled over Gil Vicente in the Portuguese Cup last 32, but they will have a mountain to climb in Wednesday’s showdown. Over the years Porto have turned their Estadio do Dragao into a real fortress, meaning that anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Porto as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign.
The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.