Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
After kicking off their Taca de Portugal campaign with a 5-0 win over Coimbroes, Porto will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Vitoria Setubal at their Estadio do Dragao on Sunday evening. Head coach Sergio Conceicao is likely to mix the squad against Julio Velazquez’s troops. Nonetheless, regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered.
Vitoria Setubal rolled over lower-league side Aguias do Moradal in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Portuguese giants. In the previous five meetings between the two teams in Primeira Liga Porto emerged triumphant, and we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of putting an end to the negative trend. When the two teams met in the Portuguese top flight in August Porto crushed Setubal 4-0.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Porto as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign.
The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
Highlighted Team (Setubal):
Founded on November 20, 1910, Vitoria de Setubal are a Portuguese football club that compete in Primeira Liga. The green and whites welcome their rivals at Estadio do Bonfim, the venue which can hold up to 21,350 people. Setubal clinched their third Taca de Portugal trophy in the 2004/2005 season, with the team beating Benfica 2-1 in the final of the competition at Estadio Nacional in Oeiras in front 38,000 spectators.
The Estadio do Bonfim outfit won the Taca da Liga title as well as they defeated Sporting Club de Portugal 3-2 on penalties in the trophy game. Vitoria de Setubal play home games in green shirts with white stripes and green shorts, whilst black and white are the dominant colours of their away kit.
In the 1965/66 season Setubal represented Portugal in European Cup-Winners’ Cup, with the team losing to Danish club Aarhus 4-2 on aggregate in the first round. Two seasons later the Portuguese club were beaten by Bayern Munchen in the second round of the competition.