Santa Clara vs Braga
Portugal Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK / 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada.
Sporting Braga have been rather convincing through their pre-season and they’ve started the season furiously as they outclassed Nacional in a 4-2 home win, where Dyego Sousa and Ricardo Horta both impressed with two goals each.
Os Arcebispos have seen a disappointing Europa League exit since, though, as Zorya snatched a 2-2 draw at Estadio Municipal de Braga and made their way to the Play-offs with a late equalizer from Oleksandr Karavaev.
They have been regularly scoring goals but Abel Ferreira’s men now need a pick-me-up and the league newcomers could be looking to make use of that.
Santa Clara have started their campaign with a narrow 1-0 loss at Maritimo, where they struggled to impress going forward and this proved costly.
However, the fans have been used to such disappointments on the road and we have seen a tougher outfit at Estadio de Sao Miguel as many hope for a better challenge on the day.
Santa Clara vs Braga: Head-to-head
- Braga have turned a narrow friendly clash against Santa Clara their way in July 2018 (2-1).
- Os Arcebispos have earned five wins and two draws in eight head-to-head clashes.
- Santa Clara have beaten the rivals just once along the way, bagging the Primeira Liga points in a 1-0 win at this ground.
Santa Clara vs Braga: Prediction
Braga now seem to be overpowering and although they have a Europa League result they need to bounce back from, this does feel like a great chance to make it happen.
With that in mind, we’ll now go for what shapes to be more of a banker bet and back an Away win at 1.61 – which seems well worth taking.
However, we’ve seen the visitors regularly conceding goals too and Santa Clara will be no sitting ducks in front of the home crowd.
Considering this, we now hope to see Braga outgunning the rivals to the points and we’ll also go for a YES on Both teams to score at 1.95.
Azoreans have been scoring goals at Estadio de Sao Miguel and will surely need a similar spell of form early in Primeira Liga too.
Santa Clara vs Braga: Betting Tips
Braga to win @ 3/5 (1.60).
Both teams to score YES @ 1/1 (2.00).