The 2019 Supertaca Candido de Oliveira takes place this weekend, as Benfica and Sporting CP square off at the Estadio Algarve on Sunday night.
Primera Liga champions Benfica and the Cup-winners – Sporting will open the 2019-20 campaign in Portuguese football, as they meet each other in the annual Super Cup tomorrow evening.
Benfica won 28 of their 34 games in the league last season, winning the title two points ahead of Porto. It was their 37th Portuguese League triumph and fifth in the past six years. They scored 103 goals in the process, an average of 3,03 goals per game.
Sporting finished in third with 74 points – 13 less than the champions. However, they won both Portuguese cups and it was their 17th Taca de Portugal triumph which booked their place in the 2019 Supertaca Candido de Oliveira.
It is not only going to be a regular Super Cup game, but it will also be a game between the biggest two Lisbon sides, which gives you another reason not to miss the clash between Benfica and Sporting, scheduled for 21:45 (CET) on Sunday.
Benfica will head into the new season without the talented teenager Joao Felix, who moved to Atletico Madrid in a €126 million transfer deal.
However, they noted four wins in five games in the pre-season, with new additions Raul de Tomas and Caio shining in the friendlies.
Bruno Fernandes who is a subject of serious interest from Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham this summer, is expected to start for the Lions against their cross-town rivals on Sunday night.
New signings Luciano Vietto and Luis Neto are in line to make their debut for Sporting, who failed to note a victory in their pre-season friendlies.
Keep an eye on
If we have to pick one player which you should watch in the 2019 Portuguese Super Cup, than it is definitelly Sporting’s midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The 24-year-old played an extraordinary 2018-19 campaign, noting 29 goals and 13 assists in 40 appearances for the Lions across all competitions.
However, it is not always only about stats in football, so this would be the perfect game for you to keep an eye on the playmaker and see what has made him a top target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino this summer.
Benfica are actually the biggest losers in the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, losing 12 of their 19 appearances in the season opener.
The Eagles won the Portuguese Super Cup for the last time two years ago, beating Victoria de Guimaraes 3-1 in Aveiro.
Sporting, on the other hand, have lost only once in the Supertaca, lifting the trophy in each of their last eight appearances.
They won the Super Cup for the last time back in 2015, edging out Benfica with a narrow 1-0 win at the Algarve Stadium.
The Lions are the last side to win the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, as the Cup-winners from the previous campaign in Portuguese football.