Casa Pia vs Sporting Braga Match Analysis & Prediction
21/04/2023 10:15 pm
In-form Sporting Braga will be looking to record a sixth victory in seven Primeira Liga matches when they face Casa Pia at the Estadio Nacional on Friday night.
While the hosts have slipped to ninth following a disappointing run of results, Braga find themselves third in the table, six points adrift of first-placed Benfica.
Having earned promotion to the top flight for the first time in 83 years, Casa Pia made an impressive start to their comeback campaign, winning five of their first eight matchs while suffering just one defeat in the process.
After losing just four of their opening 15 league matches, Casa Pia looked set to mount a serious challenge for European football, but have failed to maintain their early-season form.
Filipe Martins’ side have only managed to win three of their last 14 league matches, and they have picked up just nine points from a possible 30 since beating Santa Clara back in January.
The Geese have lost three of their previous seven league matches, but they can take confidence from a recent 4-3 defeat to Sporting, as 10-man Casa Pia came from behind on three occasions before the Lions snatched a late winner.
It is worth remembering that Casa Pia put together a four-game unbeaten run on home soil before losing to Sporting earlier this month, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with at the Estadio Nacional.
Benfica looked set to wrap up the Primeira Liga title with a handful of matches to play, but successive defeats for the Eagles have opened the door for Braga, who find themselves six points behind the leaders with six game remaining.
While Benfica have taken a turn for the worse recently, Braga have remained consistent, with last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Gil Vicente marking a run of five victories in six league matches.
Artur Jorge’s side have lost just one of their last 10 Primeira Liga matches, with 13 wins, one draw and two defeats coming in their previous 16 games.
Braga now boast the second-best away record in the division, having won 11 of their 14 matches away from home this season, while no team as scored more away goals than Os Arsenalistas’ 33.
Casa Pia vs. Sporting Braga Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just two occasions, with each side winning once away from home.
06/11/2022Sporting Braga0Casa Pia1Primeira Liga
03/12/2022Casa Pia0Sporting Braga1Taca da Liga
21/04/2023Casa PiaN/ASporting BragaN/APrimeira Liga
Casa Pia Team News
Casa Pia look set to be without Corinthians loanee Leo Natel for the remainder of the season as the Brazilian winger continues to recover from a broken leg.
Top scorer Rafael Martins will continue to lead the line, having scored in each of the previous three matches, while Saviour Godwin and Yuki Soma are expected to join Martins in attack.
Casa Pia's Last 5 Matches
13/03/2023Famalicao1Casa Pia0Primeira Liga
19/03/2023Casa Pia2Maritimo0Primeira Liga
01/04/2023Vizela3Casa Pia1Primeira Liga
09/04/2023Casa Pia3Sporting Lisbon4Primeira Liga
16/04/2023Rio Ave1Casa Pia1Primeira Liga
Sporting Braga Team News
Andre Castro is likely to be absent on Friday after missing last weekend’s game, with Sequeira also expected to remain on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.
Goalkeeper Matheus will continue between the sticks, with Vitor Tormena and Sikou Niakate occupying the centre-back roles.
Sporting Braga's Last 5 Matches
19/03/2023Sporting Braga0Porto0Primeira Liga
02/04/2023Chaves1Sporting Braga2Primeira Liga
08/04/2023Sporting Braga4Estoril1Primeira Liga
12/04/2023Nacional0Sporting Braga5Taca de Portugal
16/04/2023Sporting Braga1Gil Vicente0Primeira Liga
Casa Pia vs. Sporting Braga: Odds and Predictions
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