Foot Predictions shows this Thursday’s Taca de Portugal match between Estoril Praia and Benfica, including forecasts, preview and possible lineups.
Second division side Estoril Beach host Benfica in the first leg of the Taca de Portugal semifinal on Thursday night.
The Canarinhos have never lifted the trophy before in their history, while the visitors have won the cup on 26 occasions.
Bruno pinheiroAmerican football players are enjoying a successful season so far. Currently, they are in second place in the LigaPro standings and also reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup at the beginning of the season.
The formation of the António Coimbra da Mota Stadium has already challenged the odds several times to reach the semi-finals of the competition.
Estoril defeated three teams from the first division: Boavista, Rio Ave and Marítimo in previous matches, but they know that Benfica is their biggest challenge so far.
However, Pinheiro’s team will have to try to endure without their main threat on Thursday. 21-year-old forward Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, who is on loan from Vitória de Guimarães, has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season, including three in the Portuguese Cup, and his absence will be a major blow to the second division team.
If Estoril manages to cause one of the biggest shocks in the memory of modern Portuguese football, then a positive result at home will certainly be necessary. They will know that the task they face is enormous, but they will be able to play without any fear or pressure, and this can be crucial for both legs.
Benfica defeated Belenenses 3-0 in the quarter-finals and hopes to reach this stage for the second consecutive time.
As Águias was defeated in the 2019-20 final by strong rival Porto and will be desperate to avenge this crushing defeat this time.
Jorge jesusThe men won a valuable victory the last time when they faced Famalicão, ending a series of four league games without winning.
Monday’s performance restored the confidence and confidence of the Estadio da Luz team, before this midweek meeting.
It is a game that can have serious consequences for Jesus if his team fails to give a good performance and guarantee an advantage in the match for the second leg, due to the tension that the position of the 66-year-old player already suffers.
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As already mentioned, Estoril will not have as its main threat the goal Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, who was injured and did not recover in time to align with this one.
Winger Harramiz was sent off the last time after receiving two yellow cards against Academia and is suspended for this cup tie.
Long-time absent Andre Almeida is once again unavailable to Jesus, as the experienced lateral continues to recover from a rupture of the cruciate ligament.
He is accompanied by the striker Luca Waldschmidtwing Rafa silva and 34-year-old central defender Jardel.
Possible initial line-up of Estoril Praia:
Thiago; Basto, Soria, Gomes, Joãozinho; Crespo, Gamboa; Valente, Lourenço, Vidigal; Franco
Possible initial line-up for Benfica:
Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Weigl, Taarabt; Everton, Cervi; Seferovic, Nunez
Probability: Estoril Praia 0-2 Benfica
Estoril has done a lot to get here and, although there is another potential turning point, we hope that Benfica will have a good performance and dominate the tie. The extra quality that the capital’s club offers should make it take advantage of Estádio da Luz.