Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
David faces Goliath at Estadio Jose Gomes as Estrela take on Portuguese giants Benfica in Taca de Portugal last 16. Estrela set up a meeting with Benfica by beating the likes of Sao Roque, Lusitano, Farense, and Anadia, but they face an uphill task in Tuesday’s football match. Benfica are eyeing their first Portuguese Cup trophy since 2016/17 season, and we are positive that they will give 100% to go all the way in the competition.
The Eagles recorded a routine 2-0 win over Tondela at the weekend, and even though boss Jorge Jesus is likely to rest key players in the Taca de Portugal clash, away win should be considered. Both Ferreira and Jardel have been tested positive for coronavirus, while Almeida and Gabriel remain in the recovery room for the visitors. Anyhow, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise.
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 (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies.
Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.