Seeking to pick up a fifth home win on the bounce in all competitions, Braga play host to Boavista at the Estadio Braga Municipal in round 16 of the Primeira Liga on Saturday. The visitors head into the weekend fresh off the back of ending a run of six consecutive league matches without a win and will be looking to build on that result.
Braga maintained their charge for their first-ever Taca de Portugal as they fought back from two goals down to secure a 3-2 victory over Vitoria de Guimaraes in Wednesday’s last-16 clash. In a frenetic final 10 minutes at the Estadio Braga Municipal, a brace from Spanish forward Abel Ruiz and Vitinha’s 82nd-minute efforts saw the hosts overcome a two-goal deficit and claim a thrilling victory.
Braga have now won three consecutive matches across all competitions, scoring 10 goals and keeping two clean sheets since their 5-0 humbling against Sporting Lisbon in the December’s Taca da Liga quarter-final clash.
Os Arcebispos now turn their attention to the Primeira Liga, where they are currently on a run of five wins from their last six matches since early October — with a 1-0 loss against Casa Pia on November 6 being the exception.
Abel Ruiz has been a key asset for Sporting Braga in the last few weeks. The Spanish forward has been able to enjoy a good run in the first team. He has come up with three goals and two assists in his last three appearances for the club. All three of his goals have come in the matches at the Estádio Municipal de Braga. Even though he played in the midweek, Braga may continue to provide the 22-year-old with more opportunities considering his good form.
This match will start from 2:00 am
This match will take place on 15 January 2023
Ruiz turned in a performance of the highest quality to fire Braga into the next round of the Taca de Portugal and the Spanish forward should spearhead the attack once again.
He should be joined in the final third by Iuri Medeiros, Andre Horta and in-form forward Ricardo Horta, while Uros Racic and Mutassim Al-Musrati retain their roles in midfield.
As for Boavista, Petit will be unable to call upon the services of Cannon, who is currently suspended after picking up a red card against Gil Vicente last time out.
In his absence, veteran centre-back Vincent Sasso should come into the fold, teaming up with 28-year-old Rodrigo Abascal at the heart of the defence.
Lima; Gomez, Niakate, Oliveira, Sequeira, Medeiros, Racic, Al- Musrati; A Horta, Ruiz, R Horta
Bracali; Reis, Abascal, Onyemaechi; Malheiro, Makouta, Perez, Mangas; Lourenco, Bozenik, Njie
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Braga win with a probability of 62.18%. A draw has a probability of 21.7% and a win for Boavista has a probability of 16.07%.
The most likely scoreline for a Braga win is 1-0 with a probability of 12.28%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-0 (11.63%) and 2-1 (9.79%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (10.33%), while for a Boavista win it is 0-1 (5.46%).
Braga vs Boavista a great match to watch, Braga Will Win.
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