Braga didn’t start their campaign on a good way since they played Benfica,
who are the current title holders, winning the league 3 years in a row.
As it was expected, Benfica was a deserved winner on that match. Still, Braga showed their quality and enough ability to fight for the top spots in the league.
Portimonense on the other hand, have just returned to the top tier, and they couldn’t have asked for a better reception. On the 1st matchday they hosted Boavista and were able to win 2-1 in front of their own fans, after trailing 1-0 at half-time.
Braga played 3 friendlies on their last 6 matches, getting 2 wins and 1 loss, winning against Penafiel and União da Madeira but losing against French side Angers.
After that, they started playing official matches, facing off against Swedish team AIK on matches counting towards the Europa League’s qualifying rounds. They drew 1-1 in Sweden and then drew again 1-1 at home, going through after extra time.
On the Portuguese league, they started off with a 3-1 away loss against champions Benfica.
Regarding Portimonense, their pre-season was disastrous, since they lost all of them. The only positive result was their season debut against Boavista, where they won 2-1.
On the 4 last official matches between both of these teams, Braga won in every occasion.
Braga vs Portimonense Pick:
With that said, I expect a match where Braga will have the initiative for almost the entirety of the match while Portimonense tries to pounce on the counter-attack.
I will risk and go with Braga to win at half-time.