Cova da Piedade vs Sporting – Taça de Portugal: On a match counting towards the Taça de Portugal’s quarter-finals
Estádio do Bonfim will be the chosen location for Cova da Piedade to host Sporting
The draw allowed the team from Almada to play at home, but since their stadium didn’t meet all the requirements for the match to take place there, travelling 40 km south will make this match a bit unusual.
Sitting in the 13th place of Segunda Liga, Cova da Piedade was coming off a streak of 5 unbeaten matches in the league, and another two on Taça de Portugal, until they collapsed last weekend, against União da Madeira.
They have reached this stage in the cup after a great result, curiously, also in the island of Madeira, where in the beginning of December they knocked out Marítimo on the penalty shootout.
Although their main objective is ensuring they avoid relegation, continuing to shine in the cup will allow their players to showcase their skills, in order to take a step forward in their careers. In this match, that’s what is at stake.
For Sporting, still active in 4 competitions, the month of January is filled with very important matches.
After the draw at Estádio da Luz and the rout over Marítimo, Jorge Jesus’ side will have to overcome Cova da Piedade, in order to advance onto the Taça de Portugal’s semi-finals, while still having 2 relatively accessible Liga NOS’ matches,
where they are forced to win to maintain the pressure on FC Porto, and a meeting with one of their greatest rivals, in the League Cup’s semi-final.
Cova da Piedade vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
With this being the month where another title of Portuguese football is decided, Sporting’s commitment is fundamental, although their roster is in need of some rotation.
Even with some changes on their starting line-up, Sporting appears as favourite going into this match.