Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
A place in the Taca da Liga semis will be at stake when Sporting CP take on Mafra at their Estadio Jose Alvalade on Tuesday evening. Sporting look unstoppable in all competitions, and they will be looking to build on a 3-0 win over Ferreira when they take on Mafra in the Portuguese League Cup quarter-finals. The Lions boss Ferro Emanuel rested several first-team regulars in the victory over Ferreira, but he should field a very strong starting XI against Mafra.
The Segunda Liga side, on the other hand, head into the match following back-to-back defeats to Casa Pia and Vilafranquense, and they are unlikely to spoil Sporting CP’s party at Estadio Jose Alvalade. When the two teams met in the Taca de Portugal ten years ago Sporting defeated Mafra 4-3, but a routine home win is on the horizon this time out.
Highlighted Player (Andraz Sporar):
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on February 27, 1994, Andraz Sporar is a striker who plays for Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava. Sporar spent his youth career at the likes of Olimpija, MNK Ljubljana and Interblock and he continued playing for the last mentioned club at senior level.
After scoring 10 goals in 21 appearances for the club, the Slovenian attacker moved to his hometown club Olimpija Ljubljana where he earned the captaincy. Andraz Sporar was scoring goals for fun in the Slovenian top flight, netting 46 goals in 95 appearances in the league, but he then decided to take a step forward in his career.
In the 2015/2016 season he moved to Swiss outfit Basel, but he made no more than 19 appearances in the league for the RotBlau. During his spell with Basel Sporar played for Arminia Bielefeld on loan as well and in the winter of 2018 he joined Slovan Bratislava. Speaking of his international career, he made his debut with Slovenia in November 2016 against Malta.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.