Sporting Braga and Sporting Lisboa measure forces at the Estadio Municipal de Braga, in a match for this phase of the League Cup (Semi-finals). The record of direct matches played at this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, as there were 2 draws and 2 wins for each team in the last 6 games. Indeed, the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 23/01/2019, for the League Cup, in which Sporting Lisboa only came to victory by (3-4), in the playoff for penalties. Dyego Sousa (3 ‘) scored the goals of the match, for Sporting Braga, and S. Coates (37’), for Sporting Lisboa. Particular attention is needed for the home / away condition, since both teams have significantly different results at home and abroad.
Sporting Braga :
The home team won access to this phase of the League Cup (Semi-finals) after the 1st place won in Group A, with a total of 9 points. This is a team that curiously has been stronger as a visitor than in their home games, since in the last 30 matches it records 11 wins and 4 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. In the last match he played, for the Premier League, he won Porto out by (1-2). In their last 10 home games, Sporting Braga records 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 games, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 3 of the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Braga enters this very motivated game, after winning 1-2 in the visit to FC Porto, in a game for the Portuguese championship. To reach this stage of the League Cup, Braga beat Paços de Ferreira 1-4. To play against a more complicated opponent, coach Rúben Amorim must present a more defensive team, waiting for the opponent in his defensive midfield. Paulinho is the best scorer of Braga, with 16 goals scored. For this game, the home team cannot count on Claudemir and Hassan, both with physical problems.
Sporting Lisboa :
The visiting team won access to this phase of the League Cup (Semi-finals) after the 1st place won in Group C, with a total of 6 points. This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 matches it records 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses in his stadium. In the last match he played, for the First League, he lost with Benfica at home by (0-2). In his last away game, for the First League, he won by (1‑3) against Vitória Setúbal. In its last 10 away games, Sporting Lisboa records 6 wins and 4 losses. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In 15 games, he only got 1 comeback in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 10 home games for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: he scored 7 of his 18 goals between minutes (76′ ‑ 90 ‘).
Sporting Lisboa is demotivated for this match, after losing 0-2 against Benfica, in a game for the Portuguese championship. To reach the final phase of the League Cup, the Leonese club eliminated Portimonense. In this match against Braga, coach Silas must maintain his usual tactical system, in 4-3-3, favoring a more dominant style of play, that is, recovering the ball in more advanced terrain and looking for organized attacks to create danger. Bruno Fernandes is the best scorer of Sporting, with 15 goals scored. For this game, the visiting coach can count on all his players.