Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
All eyes will be on Estadio EFAPEL Cidade de Coimbra when Benfica and Porto face each other in the Taca de Portugal final. Benfica have been struggling to find their best form after the coronavirus football break, and, as a result, they failed to defend their Primeira Liga title. The Eagles, regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend as they defeated Sporting CP in the Lisbon derby.
The Dragons, on the other hand, aim to put icing on the cake on a very successful season. Sergio Conceicao’s men regained the Primeira Liga trophy in style, but they surely want to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards in Coimbra as Benfica are eager to save the season. Porto midfielder Mateus Uribe, who picked up a knock in a 2-1 loss to Sporting Braga, is rated doubtful for the Taca de Portugal final.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. SL Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances.
Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.