Unión Madeira and Desportivo Aves meet at Estádio do Centro Desportivo da Madeira, in a match for this phase of the Taça de Portugal (8th Finals). The history of recent direct confrontations between these two teams indicates total balance, since there were 4 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 6 matches. The last direct match between these two teams, on 04-30-2017, ended with a draw by (2-2). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since the Madeira Union presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
Until reaching this stage of the Taça de Portugal (8th Finals), the team of the house eliminated: Freamunde, Oriental Lisboa and Sertanense. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 19 conceded; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 31 goals scored and 19 conceded. The team comes to this match after an away loss with Sporting Covilhã by (2-0). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Unión Madeira has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 10 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback. In the last 6 home matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have suffered 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (0′-15 ‘) and 3 of their 8 goals between (16′-30’).
The União da Madeira leaves for this match with a defeat in Sporting da Covilhã, by 2-0, putting a final point to the two games in a row without losing in several competitions. In the last match for the Portuguese Cup, the owners eliminated Freamunde with a 4-2 victory. Despite currently playing in the second division, coach José Viterbo must play in 4-2-3-1, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially through the wings. Luan Santos is the great highlight of the União da Madeira, with 6 goals and 1 assist. For this game the coach has the usual players.
Until reaching this stage of the Taça de Portugal (8th Finals), the visiting team eliminated: União de Leiria and Vila Real. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 18 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 16 conceded. In the last match they played, for the Primeira Liga, they lost to Tondela at home (0-1). In the last 10 away matches Desportivo Aves has won 4, tied 2 and lost 4. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
The Desportivo das Aves arrives at this unmotivated game, after having added a defeat in the championship, when losing at home against Tondela, by 0-1. In this game the coach Lito Vidigal must play in 4-3-3, benefiting the defensive organization and counterattacks, exploring in the best way the defensive weaknesses of the opponent. Salvador Agra is the great highlight of the Aves, with 3 goals scored. For this game against União da Madeira, the coach does not have the injured Pedrito.
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