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Braga vs Benfica

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Sporting Braga and Benfica meet at Estádio Municipal de Braga, in a match for the 11th round of the Primeira Liga. The head‑to‑head history at this stadium, favours the home team, since in the last 7 head‑to‑heads they won 3, tied 2 and lost 2. Accordingly, in the last head‑to‑head played at this stadium, for the Primeira Liga, on 26‑10‑2014, Sporting Braga won by (2‑1). Éder (28' ) and Salvador Agra (81' ) scored for Sporting Braga and Talisca (2' ) for Benfica. The home/away factor is worth special atention, since although this is a match between 3rd and 4th of the league table, it’s also a match between the 3rd best team in home matches and the 11th best in away matches.

Analysis of Sporting Braga

The home team is currently in the 3rd position of the league, with 20 points won, after 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Belenenses, by (4‑0). In the last match, they won in an away match against União Madeira, by (0‑1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 7 points in away matches, with 2 goals scored and 2 conceded, against 13 points won at their stadium, with 15 goals scored and 2 conceded. They come to this match after a home win against Slovan Liberec by (2‑1).

In this competition, they haven’t lost any of the last 5 home matches.

Braga come motivated to this match after a 2-1 victory, at home, against Slovan, to the Europe League. The home team have a great performance in the quick transitions, mainly by their wingers' capacity to unbalance the opponent's defensive. 
One of their best qualities are the dead ball situations, due to the height of their players. 
So, against weak opponents, they can control the opponent's midfielder, keeping the ball possession. 

Confirmed Lineup: S. Kritsyuk, W. Boly, Baiano, Ricardo Ferreira, Djavan Ferreira, Rafa Silva, Luiz Carlos, Mauro, N. Stojiljković, Koka, Alan.
Coach: Paulo Fonseca.

Analysis of Benfica

The away team is currently in the 4th position of the league, with 18 points won, after 6 wins and 3 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Tondela, by (0‑4). In the last match, they won in a home match against Boavista, by (2‑0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 3 points in away matches and 15 at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 5 conceded at home, against 4 goals scored and 2 conceded in away matches. In their last match, for the UEFA Champions League, they got an away tie against Astana by (2‑2). In the last 10 away matches Benfica has won 4, tied 1 and lost 5. In 9 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 4 times and have only turned the score around in 1. In the last 5 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 8 goals between minutes (0'‑15').

Benfica come discouraged to this match after a 2-2 draw against Astana, to the group stage of the Champions League. Nico Gaitán seems to be ready to play after an injury period, however, Luisão, Salvio, Sílvio and Nelson Semedo continue injured. Andreas Samaris won't play because he's punished. 
So, it's foreseen that Renato Sanches, that has played against Astana, continue to be the bet of the "Red" coach. 

Confirmed Lineup: Júlio César, Jardel, André Almeida, L. López, Eliseu, N. Gaitán, Pizzi, Renato Sanches, L. Fejsa, K. Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes.
Coach: Rui Vitória.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario to this match is both teams will score, at least, one goal. As both teams need to conquer a good result in this match, and their defenses haven't been effective, it's  foreseen a match with good rhythm and good opportunities to score.  
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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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