Foot Predictions shows the confrontation of the First League on Sunday, between Braga and Tondela, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Braga to receive Tondela to the Municipal Stadium of Braga, on Sunday, in an important game at both ends of the table of the First League.
Despite the 2-0 defeat by Roma in the Europa League last time, Braga will try to stay in good shape in the championship, having won four of the last five, while the visitors are looking for another victory that would take them away from the relegation zone.
Braga suffered a defeat last time when they fell to a 2-0 home defeat by Roma in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16.
Edin Dzeko put the Italian side ahead after just five minutes, and after Ricardo Esgaio was sent off in the second half for Braga, Borja Mayoral doubled Roma’s lead at the end of the game, taking a two-goal lead in the second leg.
This defeat interrupted a seven game unbeaten run for Carlos Carvalhalon the side, including four championship wins.
Thanks to their good form, the archbishops are now in third place in the Premier League, two points ahead of Benfica, fourth.
Meanwhile, Carvalhal’s men are just one point behind second-placed Porto, and as the current champion only plays on Monday, Braga will rise to second place with a victory here.
More recently in the championship, The Archbishops defeated Santa Clara, eighth placed, 1-0, away from home, with the defender Cristian Borja scoring the only goal of the game to seal his 13th league win in the Premier League campaign, just five fewer than they did last season.
This expanded the championship’s unbeaten run to five matches, having won four and drawn the other with Porto, and Carvalhal hopes to continue this good phase with another victory on Sunday.
However, his team faces Tondela, who started showing positive signs recently, having won two of the last four matches in the championship.
Last time, the visitors won a crucial 2-1 victory at home against Marítimo.
Jhon Murillo gave CDT Auriverdes the lead, but Diederrick Joel Tagueu drew out on the break break before Mario Gonzalez renewed the advantage of a goal by Tondela at the beginning of the second half, ensuring his sixth victory in the championship of the season.
This followed two consecutive defeats to Pako Ayestaranon the left side, but was narrowly defeated by opponents of the upper half in Paços de Ferreira and Rio Ave, showing that they are generally on the rise, having beaten Farense 2-0 before the defeats.
CDT Auriverdes is now in 11th position in the Premier League, five points ahead of Gil Vicente in the relegation playoff spot and six points in the automatic relegation zone.
Thanks to two recent victories, the Ayestaran team put some distance between themselves and the last three for the first time this season, and another result at the Estádio Municipal de Braga could make the difference even bigger.
However, this will not be an easy task, since they face one of the best-fit teams of the championship, in Braga.
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Despite being sent off on Thursday, Ricardo Esgaio will be able to play in this game, since he is suspended in the second leg of that tie.
However, Carvalhal still has several problems with injuries to deal with, including the central defender David Carmo, who is away due to an ankle injury.
He is accompanied by an experienced midfielder Andre Castro, as well as the young wing Iuri Medeiros and left side Francisco moura, that everyone remains injured.
Andraz Sporar could have to struggle to stay in the starting lineup for this game, having failed to score in the four games since he came on loan to Sporting de Lisboa in January, in the business he saw Paulinho move permanently to the capital.
20 year old goalkeeper Joel Sousa remains out of the running for Tondela, having tested positive for COVID-19.
However, he must be Ayestaran’s only absence, with the expectation that the Spanish coach will play with a team similar to the one that beat Marítimo last time.
This could include Pedro Trigueira keeping his place in the goal after he was chosen Babacar Niasse for the Maritimo game.
In the meantime, the two top scorers from the last game are expected to appear again here, with Jhon Murillo and Mario Gonzalez responsible for the attack.
Possible initial squad for Braga:
Matheus; Tormena, Silva, Borja; Esgaio, Elmusrati, Gaitan, Galeno; Piazon, Sporar, Fransergio
Possible initial lineup of Tondela:
Wheat; Bebeto, Medioub, Suarez, Ferreira; Pedro, Grau, Augusto; Agra, Gonzalez, Murillo
Probability: Braga 2-1 Tondela
Although Tondela seems slightly rejuvenated recently, we hope that the Carvalhal team will extend their fitness in the league with a narrow victory in this game.
We see that this is a very open game, with both teams with a lot of offensive quality, and we hope that Braga will win by just one goal.
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