Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
Porto will be aiming to extend their winning run to four games in all competitions when they host Ferreira at their Estadio do Dragao in the Taca da Liga quarter-finals. The Dragons have been anything but impressive in the Primeira Liga this season, but bookies still see them as favourites to win Wednesday’s clash. Mali attacker Moussa Marega, who found the net in the Taca de Portugal win over Tondela, will be the man to watch in the home team.
Ferreira, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Sporting in the Taca de Portugal. Os Castores failed to make life difficult for the Lions, who were without several first-team regulars, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Porto’s party at Estadio do Dragao. When the two teams met in the Primeira Liga earlier this term Ferreira defeated Porto 3-2, meaning that the Dragons are hungry for revenge.
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.
Highlighted Team (Ferreira):
Founded on April 5, 1950, Pacos de Ferreira are a Portuguese football club who play their home games at Estadio da Mata Real. The venue can hold up to 9,077 people and it was opened in October 7, 1973. Os Castores are well known for their yellow shirts and green shorts, with the team wearing white and black kit when playing on the travels.
Pacos de Ferreira have yet to win the Primeira Liga trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca de Portugal final in the 2008/2009 season. Os Castores faced Porto in the title game, with the Dragons attacker Lisandro Lopez scoring the only game of the match.
Two seasons later Pacos de Ferreira faced Benfica in the Taca da Liga final, with the Eagles lifting the trophy. Wolverhampton forward Diogo Jota is one of notable footballers who started their senior careers at Pacos de Ferreira.