C.D. Nacional welcome the visitors S.C. Braga in the Portuguese Primeira Liga – Round 18. The match will be held on Friday, January 18th, at the Estadio da Madeira (Funchal).
C.D. Nacional are a very frugal team by the Portuguese standards. They presently take the 12th place in the standings, below the middle line. The team are just 6 points above the relegation zone. They have already registered 8 losses in 17 rounds and in 5 latest ones. The team’s home record is not much better. In front of their own fans, Nacional have conceded 5 times in 9 clashes (in more than a half). The hosts will hardly end in a draw at least in their tomorrow meeting with S.C. Braga.
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S.C. Braga are clear favorites of the coming head-to-head. In fact, the only good omen for the hosts is the comforts of their home surroundings. It is worth noting that for the first time in several years, Braga are not the barrier between the league’s leaders and other contenders but are real pursuers of gold medals and European spots. The guests are currently 3rd in the table, running ahead of Sporting and only 1 point behind Benfica. The topper Porto are neither too far from Braga; the breakaway is only 6 points. In 17 rounds, the guests celebrated 11 wins, being victorious in 5 latest clashes. Even on their travel, they can outclass the frugal Nacional on Friday.
Let’s be objective. Braga are a class above their opponent, they are capable of winning them at the Estadio da Madeira. The record of the sides’ previous head-to-heads favors the travelers – 5-0, 4-0, 4-2, 2-0. The clashes were held on Braga’s turf though. It is possible that the coming outing will not be that easy for the visitors, but they are expected to win anyways.
Prediction for the match: S.C. Braga to win away.