Our prediction for this Taca de Portugal match:
High-flying Sporting CP will be looking to kick off their Taca de Portugal campaign in style when they take on Sacavenense at Estadio Nacional in Jamor. Sacavenense set up a meeting with Sporting by beating Sintrense and Anca, but they face an uphill task in Monday’s football match. Since Rui Gomes’ troops are on a four-game winless run in Campeonato de Portugal Prio, home win should not be considered.
The Lions, on the other hand, have been in a splendid form in Primeira Liga, with the team recording a win in each of their last four league fixtures. The capital club have been scoring goals for fun in the first half of the season, and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, the Primeira Liga side should win their Taca de Portugal opener without any difficulties. Talented Cape Verde attacker Jovane Cabral is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Guimaraes.
Highlighted Player (Andraz Sporar):
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on February 27, 1994, Andraz Sporar is a striker who plays for Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava. Sporar spent his youth career at the likes of Olimpija, MNK Ljubljana and Interblock and he continued playing for the last mentioned club at senior level.
After scoring 10 goals in 21 appearances for the club, the Slovenian attacker moved to his hometown club Olimpija Ljubljana where he earned the captaincy. Andraz Sporar was scoring goals for fun in the Slovenian top flight, netting 46 goals in 95 appearances in the league, but he then decided to take a step forward in his career.
In the 2015/2016 season he moved to Swiss outfit Basel, but he made no more than 19 appearances in the league for the RotBlau. During his spell with Basel Sporar played for Arminia Bielefeld on loan as well and in the winter of 2018 he joined Slovan Bratislava. Speaking of his international career, he made his debut with Slovenia in November 2016 against Malta.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.