Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
Sporting Braga will be aiming to build on the Primeira Liga win over Vitoria Guimaraes when they host Gil Vicente at their Estadio Municipal de Braga. Os Arsenalistas have slim chances of winning the national championship, but they are surely capable of going all the way in Taca de Portugal. Sporting Braga kicked off their Portuguese Cup campaign with a 3-1 victory over Leca, and they are seen as hot favourites to win Saturday’s football match.
Gil Vicente proved their worth in their last two league fixtures, with the team beating Maritimo and Desportivo Aves, but they face an uphill task against the in-form Braga. In their previous meeting at Estadio Municipal de Braga, Os Arsenalistas emerged triumphant, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Sergio Conceicao’s troops. A man to watch in the home team will be Brazilian rising star Galeno, who has netted four goals in the Primeira Liga this term.
Highlighted Player (Ricardo Horta):
Ricardo Horta is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting Braga in Primeira Liga. Born in Sobreda, Portugal, on September 15, 1994, Ricardo Horta spent his youth career at Ginasio Corroios, Benfica, and Vitoria Setubal.
The 173-cm-tall winger continued playing for Setubal at the senior level, but he moved to Malaga in the summer of 2014, signing a five-year deal with the La Liga outfit. Ricardo Horta scored only one goal in 48 appearances for los Boquerones in the Spanish top flight before signing a loan deal with Braga. In July 2017, he signed a permanent contract with the Minhotos.
Ricardo Horta made his Primeira Liga debut against Rio Ave back in April 2013, during his spell with Vitoria Setubal. His primary position is left winger, but he is capable of producing good performances as a right winger as well. He made his Portugal debut in a 1-0 loss to Albania in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Gil Vicente):
Founded in 1924, Gil Vicente are a Portuguese football club that compete in Primeira Liga. The Galos (Roosters) are well known for their red kit, but they wear white shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Gil Vicente have yet to win a domestic trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca da Liga final in the 2011/2012 season. The Galos suffered a 2-1 loss to Benfica in the title game at Estadio Cidade de Coimbra. The likes of Rodrigo and Saviola scored for Benfica, with Ze Luis finding the net for Gil Vicente.
The Galos welcome their rivals at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,504 people. The venue was opened on May 30, 2014 and it can hold up to 12,504 people. It has to be noted that the team first secured promotion to the Portuguese elite division in 1990.