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Braga vs Benfica Predictions

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Benfica and Both Teams To Score

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Benfica 2-1

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Braga vs Benfica Predictions

  • Benfica have won 10 of their 13 away league games in 2021-22.
  • Both teams have scored in seven of the last ten Benfica away league games.
  • Braga have lost eight of their last nine home league contests with Benfica, including six in a row.

Benfica usually do the business in Braga

Benfica, as long as they aren’t completely distracted by their upcoming Champions League quarter-final clash, should collect their usual away win against Sporting Braga on Friday night.

Braga have been so inept in these clashes, since their last home league win over the Reds back in 2014, that some cynics have even wondered if the close relationship the two clubs appear to have forged over transfers has had a knock-on effect to the actual on-pitch battles.

The Arsenalistas aren’t in great domestic home form right now with just two wins in their last six at Estadio Municipal – those coming against mid-table and relegation-threatened opposition. Carlos Carvalhal’s side haven’t won against a top six team at home yet this season and were beaten 1-0 by Gil Vicente in their last home clash before the international break.

Both teams to score can boost the odds

Benfica, by contrast, are enjoying their best run of form since August with six wins and three draws in their last nine games. Their away form has not been an issue this season so we’re quite surprised to see the Eagles priced up at odds against here. Midfielder Adel Taarabt is the only player unavailable due to injury, not counting long-term casualties Rodrigo Pinho and Lucas Veríssimo, and they have nobody suspended for the trip north.

It may be worth taking Benfica to win this with both teams to score – as half of their away wins in the Primeira this term have seen both teams register. BTTS has landed in seven of the last ten Benfica away league games while Braga have found the back of the net in almost 65% of their home games too.

A 2-1 win for the Eagles is the preferred correct score play here as Nelson Verissimo’s men have hit multiple away goals in six of their last seven away games, during which time they have kept only two clean sheets.


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