Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
Estadio D. Afonso Henriques will host Sunday’s football game between Vitoria Guimaraes and Santa Clara. Guimaraes aim to build on back-to-back wins over Tondela and Portimonense, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. Joao Henriques’ troops defeated Arouca in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s showdown. Santa Clara, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Nacional.
Os Acoreanos sit in the top half of the Primeira Liga table, and they are surely capable of matching Guimaraes in the Taca de Portugal last 32. A close encounter is on the cards at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, and we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. In their last meeting in the Portuguese top flight the two teams shared the spoils.
Highlighted Player (Falaye Sacko):
Born in Bamako, Mali on May 1, 1995, Falaye Sacko is a pacey right-back, who plays for Vitoria Guimaraes in the Primeira Liga. Sacko has 11 caps with Mali, and he scored his first goal with the national team on June 16, 2019 in a friendly against Algeria.
Speaking of his club career, Sacko started his senior career at Djoliba, and in 2015 he joined Hungarian outfit Ujpest. After failing to see any game action in the Hungarian top flight, the Mali international moved to Vitoria Guimaraes in 2016. He first played for the Guimaraes B team, making his professional debut in the Segunda Liga clash against Atletico CP on February 17, 2016.
Falaye Sacko, who has established himself as a first-team regular at Vitoria Guimaraes, wears the No. 17 jersey. His primary position right-back, but he is used as a left-back as well.
Highlighted Team (Santa Clara):
Santa Clara are a professional football club that compete in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Os Acoreanos (The Azoreans) play their home games at Estadio de Sao Miguel, the venue which can hold up to 13,277 people.
Estadio de Sao Miguel was built in 1930. Santa Clara are the only team from the Azores Islands to compete in the Primeira Liga. Os Acoreanos are well known for its close connection with famoust Portuguese club Benfica, with the two teams sharing the very same crest until recently.
Santa Clara wear red shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit. Os Acoreanos participated in the Intertoto Cup in the 2002/2003 season, with the team beating FC Shirak in round 1 5-3 on aggregate, while suffering a loss to Teplice 2-9 on agg. in round 2. CD Operario from Lagao are considered Santa Clara’s fiercest rivals.