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Braga to keep slim Champions League hopes alive against Pacos de Ferreira

Sporting Braga vs Paços de Ferreira Preview 05/05/2021

03 May 2021 | Primeira | Preview
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Braga to keep slim Champions League hopes alive against Pacos de Ferreira

With just four gameweeks left in the Portuguese Primeira Liga it is all still to play for. One team that needs points is fourth-place Sporting Braga, who host fifth-place Pacos de Ferreira on Wednesday night.

Sporting Braga are currently in one of the Europa League qualification spots but are still mathematically in with a chance of catching third-place Benfica, who are in the Champions League qualifying berth.

However, the home team trail the Eagles by eight points and would need a major collapse from the Lisbon outfit to catch them this season.

A poor recent run of form has hindered their prospects of finishing in the top-three, as they head into this clash on the back of just one win in their last five Primeira Liga outings. They have also suffered two straight league defeats against Sporting and last time out Maritimo.

Sporting Braga have been inconsistent on home soil of late in the Portuguese top-flight, as they have won just once in their last four home matches.

Pacos de Ferreira are experiencing are a good campaign and currently sit in the last Europa League qualifying spot. The visitors are seven points clear of 6th place Vitoria Guimaraes.

They would have been in a more comfortable position if it were not for some poor recent form, including winning just once in six league outings. That victory came last time out, as they recorded a 1-0 win over Belenenses to end a five-game winless run in the Portuguese top-flight.

One of the reasons for the visitor’s poor recent results is their away form, as they are winless in six league matches on their travels. In fact, a 1-1 draw at Rio Ave in their last game on the road ended a five-game losing streak on their travels for Pepa’s team.

Forebet predicts that Sporting Braga will record a victory in a low-scoring encounter to just about keep their hopes of landing a top-three spot alive.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Forebet
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Odds
Score
Live
odds
Pt1
423424
1
2 - 0
2.46
18°
1.47
1.47 4.00 7.00 -1 1 1
FT
1 - 1(0 - 1)
-
- - -
Primeira Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Sporting CP 82 32 25 7 0 57 15 42
2. FC Porto 74 32 22 8 2 67 29 38
3. SL Benfica 70 32 21 7 4 62 23 39
4. Sporting Braga 60 32 18 6 8 51 32 19
5. Paços de Ferreira 50 32 14 8 10 37 37 0
6. Vitória Guimarães 42 31 12 6 13 35 39 -4
7. CD Santa Clara 40 32 11 7 14 38 36 2
8. Belenenses 40 32 9 13 10 25 29 -4
9. Moreirense FC 40 32 9 13 10 33 41 -8
10. CD Tondela 36 32 10 6 16 34 53 -19
11. Gil Vicente 36 32 10 6 16 30 40 -10
12. Portimonense SC 34 32 9 7 16 34 40 -6
13. FC Famalicão 34 31 8 10 13 35 44 -9
14. Marítimo 34 32 10 4 18 26 42 -16
15. Rio Ave 31 32 6 13 13 23 36 -13
16. Boavista FC 30 32 6 12 14 36 48 -12
17. SC Farense 28 32 6 10 16 30 44 -14
18. Nacional Madeira 25 32 6 7 19 29 54 -25

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