Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
Estadio Pina Manique will host Taca de Portugal game between Casa Pia and Nacional. Casa Pia did well to beat Vila Real on the road in their Portuguese Cup opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Nacional. The Segunda Liga side are on a three-game winless run in the league, and it should come as no surprise they are seen as underdogs in
Nacional, on the other hand, did well to beat Gil Vicente before the international break, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. The Black and Whites aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Casa Pia. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Colombia attacker Brayan Riascos Valencia, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Team (Nacional):
Nacional is a Portuguese football club based in Funchal, on the island of Madeira. Nacional compete in Primeira Liga, with the team hosting their rivals at Estadio de Madeira. The stadium was opened in the winter of 1998, and it can hold no more than 5,132 spectators.
Nacional is one of the oldest clubs in Portugal as it was founded back in 1910. Los Alvinegros are well known for their white shirts with black stripes, with the team wearing yellow jerseys when playing on the road. Nacional have great rivalry with neighbouring club Maritimo, with the two clubs facing each other in the Madeira derby. Los Alvinegros have won AF Madeira Cup on six occasions (1943/44, 1944/45, 1973,74, 1974/75, 2001/02, 2007/08).
The 2003/04 campaign is considered the most successful season in the history of Nacional as they finished the process in the 4th position in the standings. As a result, they booked their place in the UEFA Cup. In the 2009/10 season Nacional participated in the Europa League group stages, facing the like of Athletic Club, Austria Wien, and Werder Bremen in Group L.