Tip Porto - Sporting Braga
FC Porto will be back to Primeira Liga action when they host Sporting Braga on Friday. Ahead of the game, Porto are second in the league standings with 41 points while Braga are in fifth place with 24 points. Porto warmed up to this game with a 2-1 win over Varzim in the Portuguese Cup on Tuesday which sees them head to the clash on 13 matches unbeaten. They have seven straight wins ahead of this clash. In the last 15 matches, they have one loss, 13 wins and seven clean sheets. They have scored two or more goals in eight of their last 10 matches and have failed to score in just one of the last 15 matches, which was Europa League game. Nine of Porto’s last 15 matches have yielded over 2.5 goals. At home, they have eight straight wins and are unbeaten in 14 while they have scored in each of the last 15 home matches. This season, Porto have played seven home matches in the league; they have won all and kept clean sheets too. They have scored two goals or more in six of the seven ho0me matches. They have the second best attack in the league, having scored 34, and they as well have the second best defence in the league, having conceded nine goals.
Braga on their part, have three straight wins ahead of this clash but lost the earlier two matches. In the last 15, Braga have registered nine wins, four clean sheets and four losses. They have no clean sheet in the last seven matches but they have scored 11 goals in their last three matches while they failed to score in just three of the last 15 matches. Braga have scored two or more goals in 10 of their last 15 matches and conceded two or more in five of the last 15. They have 10 wins and four losses in the last 15 away matches and eight of their last 15 matches have produced over 2.5 goals. They have no win over Porto on the last eight meetings while they have scored the least among the top five sides – 25 goals.
Key points Porto - Sporting Braga
Braga have not beaten Porto in their last eight meetings.
Braga have no clean sheet in the last seven matches.
Braga have scored in 12 of their last 15 matches.
Porto have eight straight home wins.
Porto have not lost any of the last 14 home matches.
Conclusion Porto - Sporting Braga
Porto had a midweek game while Braga had no midweek activity, and fatigue may be a factor going to this game. Regardless, Porto stand out as favorites here. They have a better run and will be helped on by their run over Braga. While Porto are among the best defensive sides in the league, they have been conceding regularly lately. They have no clean sheet in the last four matches. Placed against Braga’s recent scoring form, we can expect both sides to score, and we will thus go for a 2-1 win for FC Porto.
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Porto Sporting Braga Prediction published on January 15, 2020