Benfica vs Sporting Braga
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Wednesday, 9th August 2017
Kick off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio da Luz.
The reigning champions will begin their title defense quest this Wednesday when they host Sporting Braga in one of the most interesting fixtures of the Matchday No 1 in Primeira Liga.
Benfica earned more than €160m by selling some of their most talented likes this summer, but they still have the squad string enough for challenging the new silverware in the elite tier of the Portuguese football.
Rui Vitoria’s men struggled in the defense during their pre-season run which saw convincing losses to Arsenal and RB Leipzig (seven conceded goals in total) at Emirates Cup.
However, the Eagles bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Vitoria Guimaraes in the Super Cup final on Saturday thanks to goals from Jonas, Haris Seferovic and Raul Jimenez.
The Archbishops had an interesting adventure in the third qualifying round of Europa League where they eventually managed to dispatch AIK (current second-placed team of Allsvenskan) after extra-time.
The team led by Abel Ferreira failed to make the top four finish last year in Primeira Liga and we honestly doubt they would significantly improve the record this time out after a poor job during the summer transfer window.
Benfica vs Sporting Braga: Head to head
Braga have only managed to leave Estadio da Luz victorious once in 28 visits to the capital.
The Eagles have been more than dominant in the most recent history of head to head encounters between the two sides having won each of the previous seven clashes against the Archbishops.
Benfica vs Sporting Braga: Prediction
The quality is on Benfica’s side without doubts and we expect the defending champions to continue the dominance in H2H meetings with Braga.
Benfica vs Sporting Braga: Bet Tips
The main betting prediction is HT/FT Benfica/Benfica at 1.95 by Bet365
You can also take Benfica to win & BTTS at 3.25.