Braga vs Estoril Praia
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: 6th February 2017, Monday.
Kick-Off: 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Braga.
Sporting Braga are strong contenders for a Champions League spot by finishing inside top three of the Portuguese Primeira Liga this season. But they have drawn some pressure onto themselves after suffering consecutive defeats in the last two matchdays.
It all started when they lost at home to Guimaraes, which was further exposed by the narrow 1-0 defeat at Rio Ave this Thursday. However, the remain at fourth on the table with a game in hand than Sporting on the third place above them at a 2 point gap.
The defeat to Guimaraes on 22nd January was Braga’s first home loss this season, with the previous 9 seeing 8 wins and a draw. Their form coming into this match is poor as they lost in 3 of their last 4 matches including league and cup games.
Estoril Praia are struggling on all counts as they lie on 16th position in the league table with a 2 point gap from the relegation zone. They are on a miserable run after suffering their 7th league defeat in a row last weekend.
Estoril had two good seasons after winning promotion back to the Portuguese Primeira Liga at the end of 2011–12 season. They finished 5th and 4th in the next two season and were in the Europa League group stages. The downfall started last season when they finished 12th in the standings. It seems like they hardly recovered and are staring at a possible demotion to the second division.
Braga vs Estoril: Head-to-head stats
Braga were the dominant against Estoril since the latter won promotion to the top flight in 2012. Out of the 10 matches played since then, Braga won 7 and Estoril 3, while there were not a single draw.
While playing at home, Braga have won in the last five league matches against Estoril with a goal aggregate of 10 to 3.
Braga vs Estoril: Prediction
Sporting Braga are in desperate need of a win coming on the back of two consecutive league defeats. There is no better opposition to put the bad run behind as Estoril are in poor shape now.
The home win is offered at 1.44 odds, but we would like to recommend to go with the first half market in favour of Braga to make the maximum profit out of your investment. Meanwhile, brave punters can opt for half-time/full-time option which is offered at an excellent odds of 2.30.
Braga vs Estoril: Bet Tips
First Half – Braga to win at 2.05 (12/11)
HT/FT – Braga/Braga at 2.30 (13/10).
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