Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
Porto and Tondela face each other for the second time in eight days as they go head to head at Estadio do Dragao in the Taca de Portugal last 32. The Dragons are eager to regain the Primeira Liga trophy, but they want to go all the way in the Taca de Portugal as well. Porto are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play.
Even though the likes of Marcano, Mbaye, and Pepe remain in the recovery room, home win should be considered. When the two teams met in the national championship at the weekend Porto recorded a hard-fought 4-3 win over Tondela. The visitors are hungry for revenge, but we do not believe that they are capable of repeating such a performance in the Portuguese Cup showdown.
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 (Tondela):
Founded on June 6, 1933 Tondela are a professional football club from Portugal that compete in Primeira Liga. Club Desportivo de Tondela were founded through a merger of two clubs: Tondela Football Club abd Operario Atletico Clube.
The Auriverdes green and yellow shirts and yellow shorts when playing at their Estadio Joao Cardoso (5,000), whilst blue is the dominant colour of their away kit. Tondela are based in Tondela, the town located in Viseu District. Former Portugal international Ricardo Costa is one of the most notable footballers who played for Tondela in the past. The 183-cm-tall defenders scored 3 goals in 59 appearances for the club in the Primeira Liga.
There is one organized group of fans supporting Tondela named Febre Amarela. This supporters group was founded in 2009. Tondela secured promotion to Primeira Liga at the end of the 2014/2015 season and they have been competing in the Portuguese top flight ever since.