Sporting vs Setúbal: The Taça da Liga’s final takes place this Saturday, at the Municipal de Braga
Where the totality of the stands will be covered by green and white that should nevertheless be covered by a huge majority of Sporting fans.
Sporting managed to ensure their presence on the final after the penalty shootout, on a match that was marked by the superiority of fight over match quality.
Neither Sporting, nor FC Porto were capable of creating, consistently, opportunities to score, both of them having understood that the defensive security was fundamental to the offensive advances.
Sporting ended up benefiting from a mistake by Brahimi that hit the post, on a penalty shootout where Rui Patrício and Iker Casillas were stars, defending two penalties each.
For Vitória de Setúbal, they are the case of a team that reached the final of a competition under some consternation by the exhibition they’ve had.
Both José Couceiro and Gonçalo Paciência had no problems accepting that their performance didn’t do justice to the importance of the match or to the level of their opponent.
It was, however, the striker loaned by FC Porto that developed the necessary elements for them to get the win: scoring in the first half and then creating the goal that Allef closed the score line with already in the final moments.
Sporting vs Vitória de Setúbal – Betting Tip and Prediction:
On the head-to-head record, Sporting has a clear advantage and will come in as favourites to lifting this League Cup.
In the mind of everyone will be, still, the draw conceded in Setúbal, on the Liga NOS’ match.
That can serve as a motivation to another good exhibition from the Lions, but especially to have a dominating posture that they didn’t have in that match, not even against FC Porto.
For Setúbal, the reality of a low block and playing on the expectation, gifting the possession to their opponents is more than usual for the, it’s an acquired routine.
We are now still wondering if they can find ways to win a title in that context.
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