Nacional vs Braga Predictions and Match Preview

Nacional vs Braga
Portugal – Primeira Liga.
Date: Friday, 18th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 20:15 UK/ 21:15 CET
Venue: Estádio da Madeira (Funchal).

This is a mismatch in terms of their respective positions in the table, as Nacional takes on Braga in round 18 of the Primeira Liga this Friday.

After 17 matches the team from Madeira are at the bottom half of the table. From those matches, they have lost 8 and won only 5 to get 19 points. They can get into the top 10 with a win against Braga on Friday but that seems a far possibility.

Nacional is one of the worst defensive units in this league season as they conceded 30 goals till now. Only the bottom-most side Aves has given away more goals. At present they are on a 2 game losing streak in the competition with defeats against champions Porto and Belenenses.

From the last 5 home matches, they lost only once and won 3 as well. Fewer than 2.5 goals came in 4 of those 5 matches and they kept a clean sheet in 4 of them as well. This will give them hope while facing the Portuguese giants in the next round.

Minhotos are on a 4 match unbeaten run in all competitions with 3 wins included. All their last 3 matches had less than 2.5 goals in total at the final whistle. Away from home the won 3 of their most recent 5matches and lost only once. That loss was against Benfica and that match ended with a disappointing score lien for the Archbishops 6-2.

In three of those last 5 games on the road, the score was less than 2.5 goals. Their fans will expect them to score plenty in this upcoming game as they did all season. The Minho Warriors have netted 32 goals while conceding a goal per game in return.

Nacional vs Braga: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Braga is on a 3 match win streak against these opponents across all venues.
  • They remain unbeaten in the previous 9 h2h matches of which they won 7.
  • The last time Nacional won a match against Braga was way back in October 2013.
  • The Archbishops have scored 3 or more goals in this fixture, the last 4 times they met.
  • The hosts have 2 wins and a loss in the previous 5 h2h matches against Braga here.
  • Over 2.5 goals were scored and both sides found the target in 3 of those 5 matches as well.

Nacional vs Braga: Prediction

Braga is better than their opponents for Friday in every aspect of the game. They are miles ahead in terms of goal scored and are much more selfish in conceding goals as well. Even though the hosts have been unbeaten in their recent 4 home games, they are yet to face a team in the top 5. Also in the light of their h2h stats against Nacional, we can bet on Braga to win comfortably with 1.75 odds.

More than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of their last 5 meetings at this ground. This trend is also visible in 6 of their last 7 competitive h2h games as well. In 9 league games played by Nacional and in 7 matches of the Archbishops a similar score evolved at full time. Thus a bet can be placed on a score with over 2.5 goals with 1.85 odds.

Nacional vs Braga: Betting Tips

  • Braga to win @ 1.75 (3/4).
  • Over 2.5 goals @ 1.85 (6/7).