PREVIEW: GD ESTORIL PRAIA – RIO AVE
Tony Taylor and Estoril will be in action again on Wednesday as they take on Rio Ave at home in the Taça da Liga.
Just days after falling to Sporting in the Portuguese Cup, Estoril will host yet another first division opponent, this time in the League Cup.
Despite being eliminated by the Lisbon giants on the weekend, Estoril performed admirably, outplaying their more celebrated opponents for much of the game.
Os Canarinhos will hope to continue their impressive play when relegation candidate Rio Ave visits the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota in the first leg of the Taça da Liga's second round.
Estoril's attack will likely be led by Brazilian Alex Afonso, whose tally against Sporting brings his season total to four in all competitions.
Compatriot Paulo Sergio will likely pair with Afonso to begin the game, though Tony Taylor's fresher legs may get the nod as Estoril is in the midst of a three-game stretch within eight days.
Fellow Florida native Bryan Arguez is unlikely to see action in the midfield, as the foursome of Tiago Costa, Da Cunha, João Coimbra and Luciano Bebé have been called upon by Vinícius Eutrópio in all seven competitive games of the season.
It's a similar story for fullback Greg Garza who has yet to debut since his transfer from Sporting this summer.
The Estoril defense has been solid throughout, and the UCLA product has been unable to unseat any of the incumbents, namely left back Luiz Alberto.
Os Canarinhos enter the game with a clean bill of health, though the bench will have a new look without Eutrópio as well as assistant coach Luis Roquette, both of whom were ejected in Saturday's contest.