PORTIMONENSE V BRAGA – ESTÁDIO MUNICIPAL DE PORTIMÃO AT 20:15 (UTC/GMT)
Portimonense SC are an average team in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, sitting top eight in the league standings.
Portimonense have three wins out of their last five matches, the most recent of which is a 2-0 win over Benfica, the top three squad in the Portuguese league. They could be flexing this victory as they will be facing the Sporting Braga on Thursday, the second team in the league.
This club from Portimão also emerged as victors 1-0 in their match with Feirense from the previous month. Portimonense also bagged a win 3-1 when they hammered Vitoria Setubal earlier in December.
The hosts’ lost to Porto 4-1 was quite understandable as they are the topmost and thus strongest team in the league so far.
The problem arises considering the lost of Portimonense last Sunday to Maritimo, one of the teams in the bottom three back then. The match ended in a 2-1 Portimonense loss.
Portimonense will be hosting Sporting Braga at Estádio Municipal de Portimão, and they will surely have a rough time there.
Braga have been defeated only once in their last five games and that is their 6-2 loss to Benfica, one of the top teams in Primeira Liga.
Braga’s latest win was a 1-0 over Boavista last Monday. Last Thursday, they also won 2-0 against Maritimo.
Later from the previous month, Braga also hammered Vitoria Setubal when they bagged a 4-0 victory. It was their second second win over Vitoria as Braga also defeated them 1-0 earlier in December.
– Portimonense premier winger Shoya Nakajima obtained an injury while playing for Japan in the Asian Cup, placing him amongst Portimonense injuries Tabata and Luis Henrique.
– Braga center Ricardo Ferreira will miss the action after sustaining an injury and he is expected to miss more matches with Braga in the following days.
– Forward Jackson Martinez is expected to play again for Portimonense after missing the game with Maritimo.
– Three more players from Braga are anticipated to be absent on Thursday including Bruno Xadas, Ricardo Esgaio, and Mattheus.
– Emmanuel Hackman and Vitor Tormena are expected to compete for a position at right back.
– Ricardo Horta will be the main boost for Bragas as he made the winning score last game with Boavista.
PROBABLE FORMATION AND STARTING XI
Ricardo Ferreira, Wilson Manafá, Lucas Possignolo, Jadson, Vitor Tormena, Paulo Henrique Soares dos Santos, Dener Clemente, Pedro Sá, Ewerton da Silva Periera, Lucas Fernandes, Jackson Martínez
Dyego Sousa, João Paulo Dias Fernandes, Wilson Eduardo, Fransergio, Claudemir, Ricardo Horta, Marcelo Goiano, Bruno Viana, Raúl Silva, Nuno Sequeira, Tiago Sá
Dener Clemente will be one of the top goal-scorer from Portimonense on Thursday as Nakajima is out with a calf injury. Already scoring 3 goals in 15 appearances, Dener will be one of the leading player for the host club.
Jackson Martínez plays as centre-forward for Portimonense, already scoring 4 goals within 12 appearances. He will be back in the Portuguese action from a loan from Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao.
Dyego Sousa will be the most prolific scorer on Thursday with 15 goals already scored across his 22 appearances in the league. This Braga centre-forward is expected to carry much of the lead at Portimão.
Wilson Eduardo plays as second striker for Braga. His performance in the league is excellent with 7 goals so far across 22 appearances.
Portimonense 1-2 Braga
Braga has the clear edge in this match considering their current league standing as well as their good form. Portimonense could have been one of Braga’s easiest rivals, but they are left struggling without their key players such as Shoya Nakajima and Tabata. Additionally, Portimonense’s strength are at home as they are unbeaten at Portimão since August of the previous year. As these two teams have a strong offensive outlook, both sides will score at least once in that Thursday game.
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