Leixões vs Tondela – Portugal Cup : Taça de Portugal is never one of the top priorities for the smaller teams……
But there is always some extra motivation for these teams to reach the furthest they can to then believe they are able to win it.
Leixões is a lower tier team, but they are in good form, sitting in 4th place on the Segunda Liga, second tier of Portuguese football, with 16 points gained after 9 matches.
It is also worth mentioning the fact that Porto B can’t be promoted, so theoretically they are in 3rd place, 3 points behind 1st place and 2 points behind 2nd.
Therefore, they are currently fighting for the promotion spots, so I believe that this division gap might not be so evident in this match, especially given Tondela’s current form.
Tondela is on Liga NOS, top tier of Portuguese football, but they struggled to avoid relegation last season and this season didn’t start the way they had expected.
They sit in 15th place with only 6 points after 8 matches, having only 1 win so far and getting the rest of their points with draws. I don’t see them being in a good place mentally,
because they are a team who hasn’t done well defensively. Ricardo Costa could be the experience they needed on that defensive sector,
but at the moment I don’t think that they’re being good enough and I expect some changes in this match.
Leixões vs Tondela – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I expect a close match here, since I don’t see any of these teams being able to dominate the match and be very superior to the opponent.
Tondela has more pressure because they are a tier above, but Leixões plays at home and on that sense, I believe we will have a very balanced match here.
In Portugal, these teams don’t like to take risks and on a knockout match, I believe that both of these sides will close down on defence. I expect a match with a slow pace and very cautious approach from both sides,
which can only result on a low-scoring match.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIP
|Under 2 goals||