Sporting Braga and Benfica meet at Estádio Municipal de Braga, in a match for the 18th round of the Primeira Liga. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 09-08-2017, Benfica won at home against (3-1). The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 6 matches won 4, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 02-19-2017 , in a match for the Primeira Liga that ended with the victory of Benfica by (0-1). K. Mitroglou (80 ‘) scored the only goal of the match. Attention to the home factor, since the Sporting Braga usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in the 4 th position, with 37 points won, after 12 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Boavista, by (1-3). In the last match, they won in a home match against Rio Ave by (2-1). 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 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 14 suffered. For the league, Sporting Braga won 24 points out of 27 possible points, after 8 wins and 1 loss in the last 9 home matches.
For this competition, it records a sequence of 7 wins in its last home matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 9 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 17 matches in this competition, they only got 2 comebacks in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal.
The Braga is doing a very positive season until now, however, in this day faces an adversary of bad memory, since it adds several defeats in the last direct confrontations. It is important to note that the Braga team arrives at this motivated game, due to four consecutive victories in the Portuguese championship. In this home game the coach of Abel Ferreira must continue to bet on the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-2-3-1, with Ahmed Hassan being the most advanced player on the team. The far left Fábio Martins is the great highlight of the team in the championship, with 4 goals and 4 assists. For this game the coach still can not count on Mauro, Marafona, Ricardo Ferreira and Fransérgio, all injured.
The away team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 40 points won, after 12 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Sporting Lisboa, by (1-1). In the last match, they won in an away match against Moreirense by (0-2). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 22 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 32 goals scored and 13 conceded. In the last 9 away matches for the championship Benfica has 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 18 points out of 27 possible.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 6 away matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (5 out of 8 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually does not feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 13 of the last 17 matches for the Primeira Liga, of these 13 came to the break in advantage in 12 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 11.
After ending his participation in the Portuguese Cup, League Cup and European competitions, the Benfica champion has only the Portuguese championship to play until the end of the season. The visiting team finally managed to return to the triumphs, after three games without winning, winning Moreirense by 0-2. In this away game, coach Rui Vitória must play in the usual 4-3-3, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially through the flanks. However, in some moments of the game the team must act in a more direct way, since the Braga has very competent players. The Brazilian Jonas is the best score of Benfica and the Portuguese championship, with 20 goals scored. For this game the coach has Luisão in doubt, due to physical problems.
Insider TIP: Benfica to win – 1.95