On the biggest match of this 4th matchday, the current 5th placed team and one of the league leaders will face off, on the second home match for Braga in this Liga NOS.
This will also be Porto’s second away match in the league. From the Braga’s side, Marafona and Wilson Eduardo are confirmed absences while FC Porto still have Tiquinho Soares missing, so he won’t be an option for Sérgio Conceição.
Braga go into his match with a disadvantage when compared to Porto, because they just had an extremely consuming match against Hafnarfjordur last Thursday, where at some point they were even at risk of being eliminated from the Europa League and not reaching the group stage.
Because of that, they are strained both phisycally and maybe even mentally, despite the motivation they gained with the two wins over the Icelandic team.
Adding that to the fact that they haven’t been impressive on this start of the season, as we could see on their Europa League matches where they struggled to play good, fluid and consistent football (the defence is still very error-prone).
As for FC Porto, the team is having a good start to this new season, with wins and convincing performances, and with Sérgio Conceição being able to, for now, have the team playing offensive football, flashy and filled with technical and tactical quality.
He’s also been able to capitalize on some of the players that were underperforming with their last manager.
Now we’ll have to see if, against an opponent of higher value, like Braga for example, the team will give a good reply, just like they have done so far against lesser quality opponents.
Braga vs Porto Betting Tip:
Braga has shown a lot of inconsistency defensively and poor physical conditions so far.
Which, if they aren’t able to correct, will cause Abel some troubles (although he can always use the fact that they’ve lost several starts on this transfer window as an excuse).
Adding that to the fact that Porto is looking very strong on their game processes, namely the offensive ones, I believe in an away win here, but also in a match with goals.
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