Sporting Braga predictions with latest odds and stats
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It’s not often that a team manages to knock one of the Big 3 off their throne. If one team has been managing to do so over the past two decades – it’s the Archbishops.
Last season they managed to grab the third spot from Sporting CP – the first time they managed to get into the Top 3 since 2011. Either way, they’ve been trailing Portugal’s best for a long time. Statistically, though, most of the time they end up fourth.
Last season’s successes might be the wind at their back they’ll need to finally shake things up in the Portuguese top-flight. There’s a catch, though. In terms of qualification for international competition, there’s no major difference between the 3rd and 4th position.
This leaves their final goals blurry, which is bad news for betting on Braga outright markets.
Braga Key Players
Carlos Carvalhal will be returning to Braga – a team he both coached and played for at different times. The summer transfer period was an altogether quiet one, all things considered. The biggest news was the departure of Trincão, the squad’s acclaimed winger, to Barcelona. Conversely, striker Abel Ruiz came over from Barcelona’s B-team.
Even without Trincao, there's plenty of power on the wings. With Ricardo Horta on the left and Galeno on the right, this lineup offers plenty of options when it comes to avenues of attack.
With a forward like Paulinho in Braga’s starting 11, though, they have plenty of attacking power either way. In fact, they were just a few goals behind Porto and Benfica’s records last year. Their defences, however, are not quite up to snuff yet.
Braga is a relatively strong and respected club in Portugal, and as such, it has developed a rivalry with Vitoria Guimaraes. With both teams coming from the region called Minho, placed in the north of the country, it has a bit of a local flavour and it is known as the Derby of Minho Province.
The strain between the clubs developed significantly during the period when Portugal was preparing to host the 2004 European Championship, when both clubs had new stadiums built and played their respective roles in the event. Finishing usually in the top half of the table, they are often direct competitors for a place in the Europa League as well.
Braga, or Sporting Clube de Braga to be more precise, was founded at the start of 1921. The club struggled to reach the higher tiers of the Portuguese football system for over 20 years, and in 1942, they managed to break into the second division for the first time. It took them five years to navigate further upwards, but they’ve spent most of their history since in the Primeira Liga. One season in the 50s, three in the 60s, and five in the 70s were the exceptions, but they haven’t been relegated again since 1975.
As has already been said, they finished in the top half of the table most of the seasons. They had a relatively poor period from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, but that is about it. In recent years they are a regular participant of the Europa League, never winning it, but they came very close in 2011 when they were defeated by Porto in the first all-Portuguese European final.
They’ve never been crowned champions domestically, with their best league result ever being the second place in 2010, but they have won the Taca de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) in 1966 and 2016, and the Taca da Liga (League Cup) in 2013.
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