Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
A spot in the Taca de Portugal semis will be at stake when Casa Pia and Nacional face each other at Estadio Pina Manique on Thursday evening. Casa Pia experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Benfica, but the bookies see them as hot favourites to beat the Liga Portugal 2 side in front of home fans. Both Soma and Clayton are pushing for recalls to the starting XI, while Lelo and Leo Natel remain in the recovery room.
Os Alvinegros, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Torreense, but given their anything but good away record in the Portuguese second tier, home win should be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Carlos Daniel, who scored a brace in the last league match.
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.