Sporting Braga 17-6-10, FC Porto 26-4-3
7/25/20 4:15 pm
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Sporting Braga is hosting the new champion, Porto, at Braga Municipal in round 34 in Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Braga has had plenty of good games since the restart, but they have been inconsistent on both ends. In their last 9 games in the Primeira Liga, Braga has 4 losses, 2 draws, and 3 wins, which was enough for 4th place in the standings with 57 points. This spot is the spot that will take Braga to the Europa League, but they will need to go through the qualifications to get to the group stage. With 59 scored goals so far this season, Braga is the third-best offensive team in the Primeira Liga, while they conceded 39 goals in 33 games. In their latest Primeira Liga match against Tondela on the road, Braga could have been on the third place now with a win, but their 73% of ball possession, 5 corner kicks, 87% of the correct passes, and 1 shot on goal weren’t enough for Braga to get a win here. Braga ended up losing this match 1-0. Paulinho has scored 17 goals and added 8 assists for Braga this season, while Horta added 11 goals. Tormena and Eduardo are the only two injured players for Braga, and they will not be in the lineup for this match. The only advantage that Braga might have in this game is that Porto has already secured the title, but on the other hand, Porto could use a win to stay in good form before their Taca de Portugal finals against Benfica.
Porto has restarted the season with an away loss, but since then, Porto has gone on an 8-game streak without a loss during which they had 7 wins and 1 draw. During those 8 games, Porto was outstanding on both ends with only 2 conceded goals, and massive 22 scored goals. Overall, Porto has been the best team in the Primeira Liga with 73 scored goals and only 20 conceded goals in 33 games. With 82 points, Porto is ay the top of the standings, and they are the new Primeira Liga champions. Marega is Porto’s top goalscorer with 12 goals, while Telles added 11 goals, and Soares has 10 goals. Jesus Corona also added 11 assists. Marcano and Oliveira are both injured, while Nakajima is on special leave. In their last match against Moreirense at home, Porto was the much better team with 60% of ball possession, massive 9 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 9 big chances created, and 88% of the correct passes. The first half ended in a 1-1 draw, but in the second half, Porto has shifted gears and scored 5 unanswered goals. Porto has won this game 6-1. Porto is a more experienced team than Benfica, which is the main reason why they were able to win the title, but Porto now must turn to Taca de Portugal where they will once again face Benfica in another delight in Portugal soccer.
Braga is not in a good form, but they need a win here and I think they will do everything possible to get that win. I think this could be an exciting match with a lot of chances, and more importantly, a lot of goals.