Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
Desportivo Moncao and Rio Ave take on each other at Estadio Manuel Lima in the last 64 of the Taca de Portugal. Moncao set up a meeting with Rio Ave by beating Barreirense in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s football match. Over the years Rio Ave have established themselves as a top-table side in Primeira Liga, and they are widely expected to make a flying start to their Portuguese Cup campaign.
Mario Silva’s men have been impressive at the back of late, and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet. Back in 2014 Rio Ave made it to the Taca de Portugal final, and, no doubt, they will give 100% to, at least, repeat the success. Anyhow, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors, who want to go all the way in this edition of the Portuguese Cup.
Highlighted Player (Judilson Mamadu Tuncará Gomes):
Nicknamed Pele, Judilson Mamadu Tuncara Gomes is a 183-cm-tall midfielder who was born in Aqualva-Cacem Portugal. Despite being born in Portugal, Pele decided to represent Guinea-Bissau on the international stage. Judilson Mamadu Tuncara Gomes made two appearances Portugal U19 team, while receiving a call-up for the U20 team for a friendly against France.
Speaking of his senior debut, Pele played his first match for Guinea-Bissau on June 10, 2017 in a 1-0 win over Namibia. As for his club career, the Guinea-Bissau international played for the likes of Belenenses, Genoa, Milan, Arsenal Kyiv, Olhanense, Benfica, Pacos Ferreira, Feirense, Rio Ave and Monaco before joining Nottingham Forest on loan in 2019.
His main position is defensive midfield, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. Pele’s preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Monaco which should expire on June 30, 2023.
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.