Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
After coming from behind to beat Desportivo Aves in their last league match, Benfica will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Rio Ave at their Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. The Eagles have defeated the likes of Cova Piedade, Vizela, and Sporting Braga on their way to the Taca de Portugal quarter-finals, and they are seen as hot favourites to win Tuesday’s football match.
You should bear in mind that Benfica are on a five-game winning run at home in the Portuguese Cup. Rio Ave, on the other hand, head into the match following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Santa Clara. Carlos Carvalhal’s troops have been playing above expectations in the 2019/2020 season, but spoiling the Eagles’ party at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica is easier said than done. In their last meeting in Lisbon Benfica emerged triumphant.
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 (Rio Ave):
Nicknamed Rio Grande, Rio Ave are a Portuguese club that compete in Primeira Liga. Rio Ave were founded back in 1939 and they welcome their rivals at Estadio dos Arcos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,815 people.
The team’s home shirt is green with white stripes, whilst the colour of their shorts is green. Rio Ave wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. The club’s biggest success came in the 2014/2015 season when they represented Portugal in the Europa League group stages. Rio Ave finished the process in the last position in Group J, but they did well to record their first ever win in the competition, with the team beating Danish club Aalborg 2-0 at their Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube.
Former Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao is considered one of the club’s most notable footballers. Manchester City first-choice goalkeeper Ederson played for Rio Ave in the past as well.