Paços de Ferreira vs Braga – Liga NOS : On the match that kicks off the 30th round, between Paços de Ferreira and Braga
The home side is continuing their quest for points that might give them the tranquility needed to avoid relegation from the Liga NOS.
Despite the 28 points conquered and the fact that they have left the relegation zone, they still aren’t safe, since they still have Vitória de Setúbal, Moreirense and Desportivo das Aves on their tail, with this last one being only 3 points behind them.
On the lsat 5 matches, I have to highlight the victory at home over FC Porto, by 1-0, managing to get 2 victories, 2 losses and 1 draw on their last 5 matches, getting 7 out of 15 possible points.
One of Paços’ problems has been their lack of clairvoyance, which means, they don’t have a player to lead in the midfield and that manages to build their attacking plays.
They lack a “thinking” midfielder, so, a lot of times, we see their defenders kicking the ball forward expecting someone will be able to do something with it.
So far, the only doubt is whether their injured goalkeeper Mário Felgueiras will be able to play or not.
Braga is playing its second consecutive match as visitors. Abel Ferreira’s team, that has bene making a good campaign, despite making a somewhat shaky start,
with their fans doubting the quality of their manager, that has definitely been showing he has enough value to lead a Liga NOS’ club.
Sitting in 4th place only 4 points behind Sporting and hoping for any Lions’ slip-up to reach the 3rd place, and with their 4th position very secured, with Rio Ave being 22 points behind them,
they have ensured their presence on the European competitions next season.
On their last 6 matches, they have won 5 of them, with the highlight being the win over Sporting, and have drawn the other, being unbeaten for 8 consecutive matches.
On their last match in Santa Maria da Feira, they have tied 2-2 due to a lack of defensive concentration and some patience when it came to finishing.
They have had several opportunities to increase their advantage and when they looked to be headed for another 3 points, they’ve conceded the tying goal, on a corner kick in the 90th minute.
For this match, they won’t be able to count with Rosic, Marafona, Fransérgio, Mauro and Ricardo Ferreira.
Paços de Ferreira vs Braga – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This is a match where Paços is only thinking about the win and getting the 3 very important points that would allow them to maintain their distance and grant the so desired maintenance in Liga NOS.
Braga still believes they can reach the 3rd place, and with a Sporting’s slip-up, and the way they play, averaging more than 2 goals scored per match, I believe that Paços will struggle to keep a clean sheet here.
I think Braga will correct the mistakes they’ve made on their last match and against a team that is still fighting to avoid relegation,
they will be able to be victorious in this clash, and due to their average of goals per match, I will bet that they will be able to score at least twice here.
|Team totals: Braga Over 1.5 goals||