Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
A spot in the Taca de Portugal last 16 will be at stake when Montijo and Braga face each other on Monday evening. Montijo did well to beat Vilaverdense 3-2 in the last 64, but they face an uphill task in the clash against the Primeira Liga side. Juan Marrero’s troops suffered a dip in form in Campeonato de Portugal, with the team experiencing all sorts of problems at the back in defeats to Rabo Peixe (0-3) and Estrela (0-3).
Braga, as always, have slim chances of winning the Primeira Liga, meaning that they will give 100% to go all the way in the Taca de Portugal. Defender Esgaio returns to the starting XI after missing the Europa League game against Zorya through suspension, while Fonte and Moura remain in the recovery room for the visitors. Anyhow, Braga should beat the lower-league side without any difficulties.
Highlighted Player (Lourency):
Lourency is a product of Brazilian football team Lideral Futebol Club who plays for Gil Vicente. Born on January 2, 1996, in Imperatriz, Brazil, Lourency started his senior career at Chapecoense. After spending two seasons on loan at Vila Nova and Brasil de Pelotas, he joined Primeira Liga side, Gil Vicente.
Lourency scored on his debut in the Portuguese top flight on August 20, 2019, in a 2-1 win over Porto. His most significant success came in 2016 when he won the Copa Sudamericana trophy with Chapecoense, beating Atletico Nacional in the title game. Lourency’s primary position is right winger, but he is used as both left winger and second striker.
Despite being part of the team that won the Copa Sudamericana title, the Gil Vicente footballer has yet to earn a call-up for the Brazil national team. His preferred foot is right, and he has a contract with Gil Vicente until June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Braga):
Braga are a Portuguese club that have always been in the shadow of Primeira Liga giants Porto, Benfica and Sporting. Os Minhotos were founded on 19 January, 1921 and they originally played in green and white kits. After the World War II they changed their kits to red and they have been wearing red shirts and white shorts ever since.
Braga play their home games at Estadio Municipal de Braga, the stadium that was opened in December, 2003. Os Minhotos have yet to win the Primeira Liga title, but they finished the 2009/2010 campaign in second position in the standings, just five points behind champions Benfica.
In 2011 Braga participated in the Europa League final, but fellow Portuguese outfit Porto proved to be a big catch for Os Minhotos. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. Vitoria de Guimaraes are considered Braga’s bitter rivals and the two teams face each other in the Minho derby.