Braga vs Vitoria Guimaraes
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Braga (Braga).
Braga host Guimaraes in one of the most interesting ties of Matchday No 25 on Saturday evening. The hosts rebounded from a three-loss thread across competitions with a 1-2 victory over Rio Ave on the road last weekend. They thus kept a three-point cushion on Sporting Lisbon in the battle for the third place, while narrowing the gap behind second-placed Porto down to five points after Azuis e Brancos fell 1-2 at home to Benfica last weekend.
Since top two sides in Primeira Liga get to feature Champions League next season, we can say the hosts have motivation o try and keep the pressure on Porto and Benfica going with such deficit. They are no doubts clear favourites here against Guimaraes even though the visitors hold 6th position in the league standings.
Braga vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Head-to-head
Braga completely dominated this match-up in H3H games on their own patch.
The Archbishops won 16, drew 4 and lost just 4 of 24 home outings against Vitoria Guimaraes.
Outfits shared spoils in a 1-1 draw when they played each other in this term of Primeira Liga at Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques.
Braga vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Prediction
Guimaraes were a touch jut to crack for most rivals in this term of Primeira Liga. The rock-solid defense is their biggest strength as the team boast the second-best defensive record in the entire division with 21 goals allowed in 24 games so far.
Os Vimaranenses won two and drew one of last three league outings conceding just one goal along the way. They did find goals hard to come by as well lately, though. The team led by Luis Castro failed to score in three of last five away matches and they will no doubts struggle to improve the attacking form against Braga.
The Archbishops are a formidable force in their own backyard where they won 10, drew 1 and lost 1 of 12 league games so far in the season. A narrow home win thus has to be the way to go here.
Braga vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Bet Tips
Braga to win & Under 2.5 goals FT @ 3.40 (12/5)
Braga to keep a clean sheet @ 2.00 (1/1).