Braga vs Boavista
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 6 January 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Braga (Braga).
Braga quickly recovered from a tough 6-2 loss to Benfica at Luz. They demolished Vitoria Setubal 0-4 on the road last Friday in Taca da Liga, backing it up with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Maritimo on Wednesday evening. Raul Silva broke the deadlock 8 minutes into the game, while Aloisio Neto’s own goal removed all doubts about the winner as early as in the 13th minute of the affair.
The Archbishops thus regained the third place in the Primeira Liga ladder as Benfica fell 2-0 to Portimonense simultaneously. They won four of past five league affairs and usually do not have any troubles with the rest of the league (excluding three heavyweights).
The hosts will have a big chance to keep the splendid form going in the last game of Sunday’s Primeira Liga schedule when they host bottom-half Boavista.
Braga vs Boavista: Head-to-head
Braga dominated this match-up in recent history with three wins and two draws in past five ties Os Axadrezados.
They won 10, drew 4 and lost 4 of 18 home encounters with Boavista.
Both teams scored in all of past four head to head matches between the two sides.
Braga vs Boavista: Prediction
The visitors moved five points adrift of the danger area thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory over Vitoria Setubal on Wednesday evening. Mateus made the difference netting the winner just before the hour-mark. Eduardo Machado was sent off 18 minutes from time for Boavista on the occasion, but Jorge Simao’s men managed to hold on to a narrow lead until the end of the game.
Boavista head into this as heavy underdogs. They have a poor record of 1 win, 3 draws and 4 defeats in 7 away matches in the league this term. Given Braga won 7 and drew 1 of 8 home ties in Primeira, conceding just five goals in the process, it’s clear that anything other but a comprehensive win would be an upset here.
Braga vs Boavista: Bet Tips
Braga -1.5 handicap @ 1.75 (3/4)
Braga to keep a clean sheet @ 1.66 (4/6).