Braga vs Sporting PREVIEW & PREDICTION 24/09/2018

Round 5 of the Primeira League is due to end on Monday, September 24, when SC Braga receives Sporting Lisbon’s visit. The confrontation will take place on “Estadio Municipal”, starting at 20:15. Both bands are innocent in the current season.

As we have been accustomed to in the last seasons, “the archbishops” have begun in force and the current season, dividing the podium of the ranking with Portugal’s grandees. They could have taken the very first position if they did not give up two points in the defeat at Santa Clara, although at the break they were leading with a definite 3-0. Only Benfica, Porto and Marseille had managed to score three times this year in Matheus’s gate. Braga was one step away from producing a surprise in the League Cup. However, although he was led by Tondela on his own field, he returned to the second part of the game thanks to Sousa and Martins. Thus, Ferreira’s band only left a home defeat in 2018, 1-3 with Benfica in January.

On the other side, the “lions” debuted well in the Europa League, imposing on Qarabag, 2-0. After a first half, Raphinha and Cabral scored decisively in the second part of the game. Transferring this summer from Guimaraes, Raphinha failed to score in the championship, but scored in both the League Cup and the Europa League. Although he faced serious problems this summer, Sporting enjoyed an excellent season start, with five victories in the six games played in all competitions.

In the last direct confrontation, disputed in March, Braga was forced to score 1-0. It was only the second success in the last 12 straight games. In nine of them the table has undergone at least three changes.