Sporting Braga vs Moreirense
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Thursday, 22nd December 2016
Kick-off at 19:00 UK
Venue: Estádio Municipal de Braga.
Sporting Braga earned a vital win in their last league fixture as they edge past Sporting CP by a narrow 1-0 win. The two teams are the potential candidates for the third position in the table and Braga jumped 2 points ahead pushing Sporting to fourth position. The Archbishops are one of the most solid home teams in the league this season and are unbeaten in the 7 matches so far with 6 straight wins and a draw.
Moreirense were thrashed 4-1 by Arouca last weekend and they continue to lurk around the relegation zone. They have 11 points from their 14 matches so far and are 16th in the table, 1 place ahead of the danger zone by a better goal aggregate against 17th placed Feirense. They have won 3 matches this season, out of which 2 have come away from home.
Sporting Braga vs Moreirense: Head-to-head stats
Moreirense held Braga to stalemates in the two Portuguese Primeira Liga meetings of last season. It was a 1-1 draw in the corresponding fixture at the Estadio Municipal in Braga, while the reverse leg ended in a goal-less draw.
Braga is the better of the two sides by the look of head-to-head record as they are unbeaten in the last 6 matches against Moreirense with 3 wins and 3 draws. Moreover, Moreirense have won only once in the last 13 meetings against Braga in all competitions.
Sporting Braga vs Moreirense: Prediction
This is a key fixture of Sporting Braga as they look to maintain the 2 point advantage over Sporting CP going into the Christmas break. And these are the kind of fixtures they must win if they have to earn a place in Champions League next season. Expect them to be on the attacking front from the start and take the lead before the half-time.
Sporting Braga vs Moreirense: Bet Tips
Braga to win first-half at 12/11 (2.05)
Over 1.5 team goals for Braga at 8/13 (1.61).