Braga arrive at Estádio Capital do Móvel on Saturday for the Primeira Liga game with home side Paços de Ferreira.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Paços de Ferreira v Braga match are shown here (inc. the best betting odds).
Paços de Ferreira
Paços de Ferreira, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 0-2 Primeira Liga victory against Belenenses.
In that game, Paços de Ferreira had 30% possession and 9 shots on goal with 5 on target. For Paços de Ferreira, goals were scored by Bruno Costa (12') and Mohamed Lamine Diaby (91'). On the other side, Belenenses got 14 shots on goal with 6 of them on target.
Their most recent results show that huge efforts have been put in by the Paços de Ferreira backline. Os Castores have been mean at the back, seeing the number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper over the course of their previous six matches standing at 4. Such a pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward here, of course.
Going into this contest, Paços de Ferreira are undefeated in their last 5 home league matches.
Braga will come into the clash following a 2-1 Primeira Liga win to defeat Marítimo in their previous outing.
In that game, Braga managed 54% possession and 18 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. For Braga, the goals were scored by Iuri Medeiros (34') and Ricardo Horta (67'). Marítimo had 9 shots on goal with 2 on target. Milson (77') was the scorer for Marítimo.
Carlos Carvalhal's Braga have found the back of the net 12 times throughout their latest 6 matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during those same clashes comes to 6.
Coming into this clash, Braga remain undefeated by Paços de Ferreira in away games against them for the last 2 league matches.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 11/12/2016 shows that Paços de Ferreira have won 2 of them & Braga 4, with the number of draws being 0.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 23 overall which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
The previous league match between the two was Primeira Liga match day 31 on 10/07/2020 and the score finished Paços de Ferreira 1-5 Braga.
That day, Paços de Ferreira managed 45% possession and 13 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Uilton Silva (78').
For their opponents, Braga had 10 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Paulinho (3', 34', 38'), Ricardo Horta (48') and Galeno (88') scored.
The match was refereed by Carlos Xistra.
Team News: Paços de Ferreira
Regarding absentees, there’s just a single fitness concern for the Paços de Ferreira manager Pedro Pêpa to contend with thanks to an almost full-strength group of players. Jorge Silva (Ligament Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Braga
Braga boss Carlos Carvalhal has to currently contend with reduced team options. Paulinho (Muscle Injury), Francisco Moura (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Rui Fonte (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will miss out on this game.
We’re envisaging that Paços de Ferreira will do well to be putting a goal past this Braga team who we think should do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
We’re therefore predicting a good tussle with a 0-1 advantage for Braga after 90 minutes.
There should be little in it.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Paços de Ferreira
Stadium: Estádio Capital do Móvel (9,076)
Captain: Marcelo dos Santos Ferreira
Chairman: Paulo Meneses
Manager: Pedro Pêpa
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 5
⭐ Key Player: Stephen Eustáquio
Mostly taking to the field in the Centre Midfield position, Stephen Eustáquio was born in Leamington, Canada. Having played his first senior match for Chaves in the 2017 - 2018 season, the talented Midfielder has accumulated 2 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far from a total of 13 appearances.