The Primeira Liga tie at Estádio da Madeira on Sunday sees home team Nacional take to the field against Braga.
View all of the Nacional v Braga predictions, poll and stats below including the latest game odds.
Nacional will be hoping for a better result after the 2-1 Primeira Liga loss in their previous game against Belenenses.
In that match, Nacional had 51% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Nacional was Kenji Gorré (42'). Belenenses got 16 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Tomás Ribeiro (28') and Miguel Cardoso (69') scored for Belenenses.
Over their past six games, Luís Freire's Nacional have hit the target a combined total of 7 times resulting in an average number of goals per match of 1.17.
Coming into this meeting, Nacional have not emerged victorious against Braga in their last 10 matches in the league.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Roma in Europa League competition, Braga and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Braga had 56% possession and 9 shots on goal with 3 on target. On the other side, Roma got 11 shots at goal with 3 on target. Edin Džeko (24'), Carles Pérez (75'), Bryan Cristante (88' Own goal) and Borja Mayoral (90') scored for Roma.
Looking at their form, and Braga have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 10 goals in total. Defensively, Os Arcebispos have seen their frailties exposed. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will end up being continued on into this next match.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Braga:
- are undefeated by Nacional when they have played them away from home in the previous 4 league games. A solid away record against them.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A quick look at their past head to head meetings going back to 17/01/2016 shows that these encounters have been miserable for Nacional. They’ve not been able to come away with any victories whatsoever whereas Braga have dominated them, beating them in 83 per cent of those matches.
A total of 21 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 5 of them from Os Alvinegros and 16 created by Os Arcebispos. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
The last league meeting between these sides was Primeira Liga match day 4 on 17/10/2020 when it finished Braga 2-1 Nacional.
That day, Braga had 65% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 7 on target. The goals were scored by Fransérgio (28') and Iuri Medeiros (42').
Nacional had 5 shots at goal with 2 on target. Nuno Borges (86') scored.
The referee was Artur Soares Dias.
Team News: Nacional
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just one fitness concern for the Nacional manager Luís Freire to contend with due to a largely intact squad. Brayan Riascos (Muscle Injury) will miss out.
Team News: Braga
Braga boss Carlos Carvalhal has a number of players out of action. Francisco Moura (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), André Castro (Unknown Injury), David Carmo (Ankle Fracture) and Iuri Medeiros (Knee Injury) are not able to play.
We’ve got the feeling that Nacional should get enough chances to find the back of the net against this Braga outfit, although one goal possibly won’t be enough.
We can see a very close game with a 1-2 advantage for Braga after the 90. We are expecting it to be pretty even.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio da Madeira (5,586)
Captain: Rúben Micael
Chairman: Rui António Macedo Alves
Manager: Luís Freire
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 11
🔑 Key Man: Kenji Gorré
Typically taking to the field in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Kenji Gorré was born in Spijkenisse, Netherlands. After having made a senior debut playing for Swansea City in the 2014 - 2015 season, the dangerous Midfielder has contributed 3 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in a total of 18 appearances.