Braga vs Portimonense
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 13th August 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga.
Braga welcome Primeira Liga newcomers Portimonense at Estádio Municipal de Braga in the second round of Portuguese top flight.
Despite having one of the strongest sides in Portugal as the hosts in the first round, Braga started off their season on the wrong foot. They were beaten 3-1 by Benfica despite being in the better form due to UEFA Europa League qualification.
Braga faced Swedish AIK and they were extremely lucky to beat the Nordic side in the extra time. However, they were drawn with a relatively easy opponent in the last round of EL qualification – Icelandic FH Hafnarfjorour. The first leg will be played on August 17th, so Braga are likely to rotate.
The visitors have started off their campaign in the elite perfectly. They hosted Boavista in the first round and despite being 0-1 behind on the half-time, Portimonense orchestrated the comeback in the second half. Unlike most teams in Portugal, Portimonense prefer the attacking approach and 4-3-3 formation.
Braga vs Portimonense: Head-to-head
The two sides haven’t met since 2012. In four games overall between the two sides, Portimonense never managed to remain unbeaten against Braga.
Braga vs Portimonense: Prediction
The visitors are an unknown team in Portugal and with Braga’s obligations in UEFA Europa League, they might have a chance for a draw or even more. Braga will push in the first half in order to secure the first victory in the season, but also if they secure a 2-0 lead on the half-time, they will be able to substitute key players in order to save them for the forthcoming clash with Hafnarfjorour. In that case, Portimonense will look for a goal, so both teams to score are a likely scenario at Estádio Municipal de Braga.
Braga vs Portimonense: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Both Teams to Score YES at the odds of 2.00 @ Bet365
The best alternate is Portimonense +0.5 AH at the odds of 2.55 @ Pinnacle.