Boavista and Sporting Braga meet in Estádio do Bessa Século XXI, in a match for the 16th round of the Primeira Liga. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there were 2 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 4 matches. But the last time these teams met at this stadium was on 09-03-2017, in the League Cup, which ended in Sporting Braga’s victory by (1-2). Renato Santos (11 ‘) scored the goals of the match, for Boavista, and Fábio Martins (32’) and Paulinho (80 ‘), for Sporting Braga. Sporting Braga presents considerable differences in their results at home and as visitors, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team is currently in the 8 th position of the league, with 20 points won, after 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against Sporting Lisboa, by (1-3). In the last match, they won in an away match against Paços de Ferreira by (1-2). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 15 conceded; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 16 goals scored and 16 conceded. In their last 7 home matches for the championship, Boavista won 4 and lost 3, so they have won 12 points out of 21 possible. In the matches played in their stadium there are some frequent results: at half-time 0-1 (3 out of 7 matches) and at the end of the match 1-0 (3 out of 7 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 10 of the last 19 matches they played ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 15 matches in this competition, they only got 2 comebacks in the 8 games in which they suffered the first goal.
This is one of the best seasons that Boavista has done since returning to the first division, since it currently occupies the top of the leaderboard. Surprisingly, this team has conquered more points away from home than in its stadium. We remember that Boavista won an excellent victory in the last match played, beating Paços de Ferreira, away from home, by 1-2.
In this game against Braga, coach Jorge Simão is expected to play with a team very similar to the last game, with Rochinha being the most advanced player of the local team. To point out that the premises present great quality in the plays of set pieces, aerial game and offensive transitions. For this game the local coach can not count on Tiago Mesquita, Iván Bulos, Gilson Costa and Renato Santos, all injured..
The away team is currently in the 4 th position of the league, with 31 points won, after 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Marítimo, by (1-0). In the last match, they won in a home match against Belenenses, by (4-0). 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; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Portimonense by (2-2). For the league, Sporting Braga won 10 points out of 21 possible points, after 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 7 home matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (4 out of 8 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 15 matches in this tournament, they had their first goal 7 times and only managed 2 comebacks. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 6 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Braga comes to this game with a tie to two against Portimonense, placing a final point to their participation in the group stage of the League Cup. We remember that Braga is not going through a very positive phase in the season, as it won only one victory in the last five matches. Playing away from home in the championship, Braga no longer wins a victory two games in a row.
In this game against Boavista, coach Abel Ferreira must act in the usual 4-4-2, privileging possession of the ball and positional attacks, especially through the right flank: Fábio Martins is a very fast and eximio player in transport of the ball towards the attack. Of pointing out that the visitors present enormous competition in the set pieces, finalization and defensive organization. Everything indicates that the visiting coach can not count on the injured Fransérgio and Marafona.
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