Braga vs Rio Ave – Liga NOS: The 17th round of Liga NOS starts off with a match between two of the most interesting teams of this competition
For the way they organize themselves on the pitch and for the results they have been obtaining with it.
Speaking of Braga or Rio Ave has been a synonym of speaking about excitement, especially from the visiting side,
where Miguel Cardoso started imposing, with the help of Rúben Ribeiro, Francisco Geraldes and, more recently, João Novais, a style of quality possession and dynamic with the ball.
But Abel Ferreira’s Braga will be naturally favourites heading into this match. The way he manages the team took some time to be accepted, as the players already stated.
But the truth is that Braga is living, right now, a period where they are showing they are capable of contesting for the top 3.
Despite the distress suffered in Estádio do Bessa, this Wednesday, they are just 3 points away from Benfica and with two matches at home, this one against Rio Ave and the next one against Benfica, they have real chances of catching up with them on the league table.
Rio Ave is coming off a 4-2 win against Paços de Ferreira, where they showed their qualities but also went through a bit of a scare.
Braga vs Rio Ave – Betting Tip and Prediction:
With Taça de Portugal also among their priorities, after having eliminated Benfica in the past month of December, Miguel Cardoso has a month to make some important choices about how he will approach what’s coming next.
Being certain that he will lose, at least, Rúben Ribeiro, and after having drawn right after the win over Benfica, they have a lower ability to rotate players on their roster.
That can have an impact in Braga, where the two teams will meet after demanding encounters on Wednesday. That’s another aspect that gives a small advantage to the hosts heading into this match.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIP
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