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[Portugal Primera Liga] Sporting Braga VS Benfica 14.1 [Copy Link]

Sporting Braga: falls between shore and ship ( Recent Form: W L D W W )
Sporting Braga will attack the podium places on Saturday-evening. The team is three points behind Benfica and with a home win it can come at the same level. Since Braga's ambition has been for a long time to blend into Portugal's top three, the coming month offers an excellent opportunity to add word to the word as Abel Ferreira's team also receives FC Porto in-house. President of the club António Salvador wants to play for the Portuguese title in 2021, but before that happens there is still a lot of work to be done. Braga has succeeded in recent years only to get the teams out of the top three points. Earlier this season, FC Porto and Benfica were lost and played against Sporting Lisbon. However, Braga remains the best of the rest in Portugal on the basis of the last ten years, as evidenced by the ranking that Mais Futebol maintains. This shows that Braga has achieved 41 points since the 2007/2008 season against the top-three teams, more than Maritimo (39) and arch-triumphant Guimarães (33). Since there are sixty games played, this score can still be called very meager. However, there is an upward line to see. Last season Braga finished at no less than 28 points from champion Porto. This year the team is only seven points behind so far and is the third place still within reach.

Benfica: saw the hole with Porto grow again ( Recent Form: W D D D W )
Benfica has a difficult first half of the season and has already lost three prizes: in both Portuguese Cup tournaments the team is already eliminated and also Europe was able to say goodbye to As Aguías after six losses in just as many group matches in the Champions League. For the fourth and also the most important prize Benfica is still in the race. Trainer Ruí Vitória wants nothing more than to keep the Portuguese champion up for the fifth time in a row at the end of the season. That is why it is important that the backlog of FC Porto, which has now risen to five points, is not made worse. In that respect, it may be an advantage that Benfica is the only team from the top four that is only active in the competition. Benfica fans still expect a big hit on the transfer market. Last summer almost 100 million euros were earned with the sale of Ederson Moraes, Nelson Semedo and Victor Lindelöf, but no big fish have replaced them. The bank account bulges, but it can not be seen on the field. 2018 at least started well for Benfica. On visiting Moreirense, the team did not make a mistake: it was 0-2 by goals from Pizzi and Jonas. The Brazilian striker scored in his last six games and already stands at 20 goals in 17 games, four goals more than Bas Dost. The striker is now 34 years old, but proves his value for Benfica once a week and is now the most scoring foreign player in the club history. The match with Braga is not a sinecure, but a look at the statistics will give Benfica confidence. In the last nine encounters with Braga, eight times was won and played one time.

After all, Benfica held last week for the first time since seven games once again the zero, but this happened to visit at Low Kite Moreirense, the least scoring squad of the league. The team clearly misses captain Luisão in the final line. He is still injured and will benefit from Braga. This year, Braga only did not score against FC Porto on his own field. In addition, Braga will have to play on the attack because it has to score to close the gap with Benfica. The gap to place five is already five points, so Braga can afford risk.

Sporting Braga  VS  Benfica

O/U Pick: Over 2.25 @ 1.80.

POR D1    03:30    FT    Sporting Braga    1 - 3    Benfica
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