Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
Thanks to Gabriel’s goal in the 5th minute of the stoppage time Benfica recorded a hard-fought 3-2 win over Famalicao in the Taca de Portugal semis, first leg. The Eagles are now on a quest to defend their slim lead at Estadio Municipal 22 de Junho, but they could be low on confidence following a 3-2 loss to Porto in O Classico. Famalicao are low on spirits as well as they were hammered by Vitoria Guimaraes 7-0 in their last league match.
Even though Joao Pedro Sousa’s troops are the biggest surprise of the season, we do not believe that home win should be considered as the hosts have been struggling to find their form of late. Anyhow, we predict that the capital club will advance to the Taca de Portugal final without any difficulties. A man to watch in the away team will be Carlos Vinicius, who scored a brace against Porto.
Highlighted Player (Patrick William):
Born in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, on June 3, 1997, Patrick William is a defender who plays for Famalicao in Primeira Liga. William began his senior career at Tupi, and he play for the likes of Ceara and Vila Nova as well before signing a five-year contract with Famalicao in 2019.
The Brazilian footballer made his debut in the Portuguese elite division on August 8, 2019, in a 2-0 win over Santa Clara. He scored his first goal for the Azuis e Brancos in a 1-0 win over Rio Ave on August 16, 2019, finding the net in the 66th minute of the match.
Patrick William’s preferred foot is right, and his primary position is a centre-back. The player who wears the number 97 shirt at Famalicao, has a contract with the club until June 2024. The Famalicao defender has yet to make his debut with the Brazil national team.
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.