Sporting Braga vs Nacional
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 12 August 2018
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK / 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Braga, Braga.
It was only a one-year loan in the second tier of the Portuguese football for Nacional last term as they clawed their way to the immediate return into the top flight by topping the Segunda Liga standings with a five-.point cushion over the second-placed Santa Clara.
The former Portuguese midfielder and now the head coach of Nacional, Costinha, can thus be thrilled with the job he has done with this side since taking charge last summer.
Can he keep Tricolores competitive against the higher-division sides?
The visit to Estadio Municipal de Braga will be the ultimate test as the Archbishops are certainly one of the toughest sides to play in Portugal.
The hosts enjoyed a decent run last season when they finished just three points short of Sporting Lisbon in third place.
They will be looking for a strong start this time around, dreaming of challenging one of the top three spots in this season.
Sporting Braga vs Nacional: Head-to-head
- Braga were just ruthless towards Macional in the history of head to head clashes at Estadio Municipal.
- The Archbishops won as many as 13, drew 1 and lost 1 of 15 home matches against Nacional.
- Braga won four and drew one of last five meetings with Bolso.
- Braga bagged two or more goals in four of last five H2H games against Tricolores.
Sporting Braga vs Nacional: Prediction
Abel Ferreira can be satisfied with performances his men showed in the pre-season. The Archbishops won six and drew three of last nine games (eight friendlies and one Europa League tie).
They allowed only two goals in last five affairs, including one in the 1-1 draw to Ukrainian Zorya on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League tie. Ricardo Horta was the goal-scorer for Ferreira’s side.
The visitors were also successful last weekend when they defeated Boavista 2-1 at home in the Taca da Liga clash.
Nevertheless, the gulf in quality between these two teams is just huge and we expect the hosts to continue the dominance in H2H games in front of the home crowd.
Braga were very tough to break down recently and we will alternatively back them to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 1.90.
Sporting Braga vs Nacional: Bet Tips
HT/FT Sporting Braga/Sporting Braga @ 1.95
Sporting Braga to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90.