Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
After eliminating Fontinhas in the last 32, AD Fafe will be looking to claim a major scalp in the Taca de Portugal when they take on Primeira Liga side Belenenses on Thursday evening. AD Fafe are leading the Campeonato de Portugal standings ahead of the visit of Belenenses, and they are surely capable of matching O Belem at their Parque Municipal dos Desportos de Fafe.
Ricardo Silva’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and you should bear in mind that they recorded 15 wins in the previous 17 home games in all competitions. Belenenses’ main goal is to secure the Primeira Liga survival, meaning that boss Petit is unlikely to field the best possible side against AD Fafe. Since the Campeonato de Portugal side produce brilliant displays on home soil, we predict that O Belem are going to return to Lisbon empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Goncalo Silva):
Born in Barreiro, Portugal, on June 4, 1991, Goncalo Silva is a defender who plays for Belenenses. After starting his youth career at Barreirense, Goncalo Silva moved to Lousada before the start of the 2010/2011 season.
After making 28 appearances in the league for the club, the Portuguese defender joined Atletico Club de Portugal in the 2011/2012 season. In 2012 Goncalo Silva signed a deal with Braga B, but after scoring two goals in 83 appearances for the club, he joined his current club Belenenses in 2015.
The Portuguese footballer made his Primeira Liga debut in on October 26, 2015, in a 1-0 win over Uniao Madeira. His primary position is a centre-back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a right-back as well. Goncalo Silva has one cap for the Portugal U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Belenenses):
Founded on September 23, 1919, Belenenses are a Portuguese club that host their rivals at Estado do Restelo. The stadium can hold up to 19,856 spectators and it was built in 1956. O Belem play home games in blue shirts and white shorts and white is the dominant colour of their away kit.
By beating the likes of IFK Goteborg and Rheindorf Altach Belenenses booked their place in the Europa League group stages in the 2015/2016 season. Despite defeating Swiss side Basel in their group, the Portuguese club eventually finished the process in the last position in the standings.
The Estado do Restelo outfit did well to win the Primeira Liga trophy in the 1945/1946 season, with the team finishing the season only one point clear of second-placed Benfica. Speaking of the Portuguese Cup, Belenenses clinched their third Taca de Portugal trophy in the 1988/1989 season. Vitor Godinho is the player with most appearances for the club (272).