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Sporting Braga and Académica face at Estádio Municipal de Braga, in a match for the 16th round of the Primeira Liga. At this stadium, the head‑to‑head history favours the home team, since they have a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 5 matches. However, the last time these teams met at this stadium, on 20‑03‑2015, in a match for the Primeira Liga, they tied (0‑0). In this match the home advantage may play an important role, as both teams present significant differences between home and away performances.

Analysis of Sporting Braga

After 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses, the home team is in the 4th position, havinf won 26 points so far. In the last match, they have tied in an away match against Vitória Setúbal by (1‑1), after in the previous match they have tied (1‑1) at home, against Paços de Ferreira. This is a team that is often stronger at home, with the help of its supporters, so they usually make good use of the home advantage, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In the last 7 home league matches Sporting Braga has a record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 14 points out of 21 possible. The most recurrent result at half‑time in their home league matches was the 1‑0 (3 out of 7 matches). Defensive consistency has been one of their best features, as they have only conceded goals in 3 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 15 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 5 times and have only turned the score around in 1.

Braga comes to this match after a draw against Vitória de Setúbal by 1-1 which was their seventh consecutive match without loosing. Into this home match, Braga pretends to win and recover from the points lost in the last fixtures. Their striker Nikola Stoijiljkovic is the best scorer of the team with seven goals. Paulo Fonseca can not count with Vukcevic due to suspension, and Rodrigo Pinho and Djavan both injured.



Confirmed Lineup: S. Kritsyuk, André Pinto, Baiano, W. Boly, Marcelo Goiano, Luiz Carlos, Filipe Augusto, Koka, N. Stojiljković, Alan, Pedro Santos.
Coach: Paulo Fonseca.

Analysis of Académica

The away team is currently in the 16th position of the league, with 13 points won, after 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Porto, by (3‑1). In the last match, they won in a home match against União Madeira, by (3‑1). 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 2 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 28 conceded. In the last 7 away league matches Académica has a record of 2 draws and 5 losses, so they have won 2 points out of 21 possible.

In this competition, they haven’t won any of the last 7 away matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half‑time was the 1‑0 (7 out of 7 matches). Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 15 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 10 times and have never been able to turn the score around.

Académica is passing through his best moment of the season and is unbeaten at home in the last five matches. Into this match, their manager Filipe Gouveia should opt for an defensive approach and then try to counter attack. Fernando Alexandre is the key player of this team. Tripy Makonda is still unavailable due to injury.


Confirmed Lineup: Pedro Trigueira, João Real, Aderlan, Iago Santos, Rui Pedro, C. Oualembo, Leandro Silva, Nuno Piloto, Gonçalo Paciência, Ivanildo, N. Plange.
Coach: Filipe Gouveia.

Betting suggestion:

We are expecting a Braga victory in this match. The team managed by Paulo Fonseca seems to have all the conditions to win it, not only for playing at home, but also because of the best weapons they have. In the other hand, Académica doesn't look to have enough weapons to leave the city of Braga with at least a point.



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Primeira Liga - 2015/2016

  • 100% 306 / 306 Games

  • Home team wins 43.46%
  • Draws 24.84%
  • Away team wins 31.7%
  • Over 1.5 70.59%
  • Over 2.5 50.33%
  • Over 3.5 33.66%
  • Goals 831
  • Goals /match 2.72
  • Goals /match home 1.51
  • Goals /match away 1.2
  • Both teams score 48.37%
  • Goals after 80' 16.37%
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