Braga – Sporting Lisbon, Primeira Liga Prediction
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION FOR BRAGA - SPORTING
Benfica, Porto and Sporting are the most successful teams in Portugal. They have been fighting for the title almost always in recent years. There is a trend and big difference in quality between them in the Portuguese League and the rest, but Braga is certainly much closer to their level than the other teams. Braga have no success in terms of winning trophies, but they are always close to the top and right now these 4 teams are in the top 4 as Benfica, Braga and Sporting have 10 points from 4 games played. So now the match that is ahead is very important in the fight for the title. Braga show a great form and they have no losses in 15 consecutive games. And in their last 35 home games, they have only four losses, two of which are from Porto and Benfica and one in a friendly match. Since the start of the season Braga, however, quite often and conceded goals. In their last 7 games they have only 1 clean sheet and have conceded 10 goals, which is not good enough.
Sporting had a match in Europa League on Thursday, winning 2-0 with Qarabag. Here the home factor influences and Braga is defined as a slight favorite. Sporting also concede a large number of goals in their matches and everyone knows about the problems between the players and the fans at the end of last season and the departure of important players. This did not prevent them from preserving their good shape and Sporting are also in a series of games without loss – 10 in numbers. Something interesting – Sporting have just 6 clean sheets in their last 48 away games. This is quite indicative of their defense. However, the number of matches in which they have not scored a goal from these 48 away games is also 6. So the trend is clear in this case.
Surely this will be a very even and tight match. Here you can also look for cards, because it will be very nervous. There is no particular tendency and domination of any of these teams when they face each other. However, in the last 7 matches between Braga and Sporting, Braga has only one win, and last year it was 1-0. Here our prediction is BTTS at 1.85. It all depends on the attitude of the teams and how they are getting into this game. The first goal is key, but we think Braga will surely score. From there on, Sporting is obliged to try to keep at their best level and the defensive issues of Braga are a good sign for the visitors
BRAGA TEAM NEWS
Raul Silva(1/0 D) is out
SPORTING TEAM NEWS
Bas Dost(2/2 F) is out