Preview: Braga vs. Porto

Preview: Braga vs. Porto

Needing just one win to clinch their 30th Primeira Liga title, high-flying Porto go head to head with Braga at the Estadio Braga Municipal on Monday.

Sergio Conceicao’s side, who have enjoyed an unbeaten campaign so far, boast a nine-point lead over second-placed Sporting Lisbon at the top of the league table after picking up 82 points from 30 outings.

Braga were denied a fourth consecutive Primera Liga victory for the first time this season when they were held to an uneventful goalless draw by a resilient Estoril Praia side last Monday.

This followed a quarter-final exit from the Europa League as they suffered a 3-1 extra-time defeat at the hands of Rangers two Thursdays ago despite their 1-0 victory in the reverse leg on March 4.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side, who have already secured their place in next season’s Conference League, head into Monday’s game unbeaten in all but one of their last nine league outings, claiming five wins and three draws in that time.

With 16 wins, eight draws and six losses from their 30 games so far, Braga have picked up 56 points to sit fourth in the Primeira Liga standings, nine points above fifth-placed Gil Vicente in the final European qualification spot.

Elsewhere, Porto continued their hunt for a domestic double as they booked their place in the Taca de Portugal final courtesy of a 1-0 victory over rivals Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of their semi-final clash last Thursday.

With a first-leg victory already in the bag, Toni Martinez struck the only goal of the game at the Estadio do Dragao to hand the hosts a 3-1 aggregate victory and send Ruben Amorim’s side packing.

Porto now turn their attention to the Primeira Liga, where they have enjoyed an unbeaten campaign so far and are currently on a run of six consecutive victories since February’s 1-1 draw with Gil Vicente.

Conceicao’s men currently sit top of the league standings after picking up 82 points from 30 games and could clinch their 30th league title with a win on Monday given their healthy nine-point cushion over second-placed Sporting Lisbon.

With four games left to play, the Dragoes will also be eying their best-ever point tally in the Portuguese top flight as they are currently just six points adrift of their 2017-18 title-winning campaign where they finished with 88 points.

Braga Primeira Liga form:
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Braga form (all competitions):
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Porto Primeira Liga form:
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We say: Braga 0-2 Porto
Porto have enjoyed a sensational domestic campaign this season and are now closing in on a record-breaking title triumph. Considering their contrasting form, and the gulf in quality between both teams, we are tipping the Dragoes to end their winless run at the Estadio Braga Municipal and come away with their first victory since 2019.

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