On Tuesday, there is a very interesting betting offer, and this time we have analyzed the semifinal duel of the Portuguese League Cup, where Braga and Sporting will measure their strengths. The match between these two teams is scheduled to start at 20:45.
Braga: Is Sporting currently too formidable an opponent for Braga?
For years, the team from the Quarry has been reserved the fourth place in the Portuguese championship, with the observation that last season this team played above all expectations and ultimately reached the third position in the table, which as is well known, leads to qualifying for the Champions League at the end of the season. There, the Portuguese representative in the playoffs encountered the not-so-naive team of Panathinaikos, but Braga was better in the two-legged tie against the Greek team and deservedly reached the elite competition. Speaking of the Champions League, it should be noted that the Portuguese representative, in a group with Real Madrid, Napoli, and Union Berlin, finished third and secured a place in the Round of 16 of the Europa League, where the team from the Quarry will measure its strength against Qarabag. It really seems that Artur Jorge’s men got quite a favorable draw.
Regarding last season, Braga managed to reach the grand final of the Portuguese Cup, where they were defeated 2:0 by Porto. As for this year’s edition of the Portuguese Primeira, at this moment Jorge’s pupils are in fourth place in the table with the same number of points as the fifth-placed Guimarães, so it seems that Braga is in for a big fight for that fourth place, which leads to qualifying for the Europa League. So far, the team from the Quarry has played eighteen matches in the top tier of Portuguese football and achieved eleven victories, three draws, but also four defeats.
In the last round, Braga celebrated a not-so-pleasant visit to Famalicão, with the match ending 1:2, noting that the guests secured the victory after a goal in the eleventh minute of injury time, with Djalo finding the net. Before that, the fourth-placed team was smoothly defeated in an away game at Porto, with that encounter at Dragao ending 2:0. In the last five duels in the Primeira, Artur Jorge’s men achieved two victories, two defeats, and one draw.
The general impression so far is that Braga can and must do much better, and the last head-to-head encounter between this team and Sporting was played at the beginning of September last year, ending in a 1:1 draw. At first glance, it seems that it was one of the better matches of this team in the course of the championship so far.
Sporting: The Lions are shining lately!
Unfortunately, the last season was not so successful for the popular Lions, who, after a long time, missed out on qualifying for the Champions League, finishing only fourth in the table, behind Benfica, Porto, and also Braga, which, as we have already mentioned, had been reserved the fourth position for the past few seasons.
There is no doubt that the primary goal this time will be direct qualification for the most prestigious European club competition, and if the early signs are anything to go by, this could be a very beautiful season for all fans of the popular Lions. Currently, Ruben Amorim’s men are at the top of the Portuguese Primeira table, with a one-point lead over second-placed Benfica, and it seems that the two city rivals will engage in a fierce battle for the Portuguese championship title.
Sporting has been playing fantastically lately, achieving five victories in their last five championship matches. The most recent win occurred in the previous round when they triumphed in an away game against Vizela with a convincing 2:5 score. Before that, the popular Lions defeated Chaves away with a 0:3 score, and at first glance, it’s evident that the team from the capital of Portugal has been scoring a lot of goals in the league lately.
It’s worth remembering that Ruben Amorim’s team also participated in the second most prestigious European club competition this season, where the Portuguese representative ultimately finished second in the group behind top-placed Atalanta. As a result, the Lions had to settle for a place in the Round of 16 of the Europa League, where they will face Young Boys, who played in the Champions League this season and finished third in their group behind Manchester City and RB Leipzig, and ahead of Red Star Belgrade.
It should be mentioned that Sporting is the best home team in the Primeira, as the table leaders have won all nine of their home matches. Meanwhile, in away games, the Lisbon team has so far achieved six victories, one draw, and two defeats, those coming against Benfica and Guimarães.
Finally, in the last four head-to-head encounters, Sporting has not lost to Braga, with the last defeat to the team from the Quarry occurring at the beginning of January 2022, with a score of 1:2.
Our Betting Suggestions
When all is said and done, the impression is that the team from Lisbon is the big favorite in this duel, so we advise you to opt for Sporting to Win (2), for which the betting company betBonanza prepared odds of 1.82.
If we take a brief look at the tradition, it should be noted that matches between these two clubs almost always bring quite a lot of goals, so we advise you to focus on the Total over 2.5 goals bet, for which betBonanza has set odds of 1.65.
Finally, it is expected that the Lions, who have been exceptionally efficient lately, will score at least two goals in this match, so the Sporting Lisbon Total Over 1.5 Goals bet is indeed a hot recommendation, which betBonanza pays out at odds of 1.70.