Braga is the club that is among the Portuguese "Big 3" fighting for the first positions in the Portuguese League in recent years. But this year, the "Guerreiros do Minho" started really slow, having won only 2 matches in 7 already played in the competition. Braga is just 3 points ahead of relegation zone, so today's game is very important for the team to get back on track and move closer to the European spots. Braga is performing really well in Europa League, being on top of Group K with 7 points in 3 matches. Sa Pinto's team managed to get strong wins away against the most powerful teams in the Group, namely Wolverhampton and Besiktas, counting on stellar performances by the Portuguese winger Ricardo Horta. Brazilian midfielder Fransérgio is back for today's match.
Matheus; Esgaio, Bruno Viana, Pablo, Sequeira; João Palhinha, André Horta, João Novais; Ricardo Horta, Galeno, Paulinho
The team from the Azores Islands have a difficult task today, as they lost 3 of their 5 matches in Portuguese League and Cup. The team is struggling to score away from home, failing to get goals in 4 of their last 5 away games in all competitions. Santa Clara is 9th in the League, and despite having only 4 goals in 7 matches played so far, the team relies heavily on their strong defensive structure, having the second best defensive record in the League with only 4 goals conceded. For today, Santa Clara's manager Joao Henriques has all the team fit and ready to play.
Rocha; Cesar, Fabio Silva, Joao Afonso; Patrick, Francisco Ramos, Omar Rashid, Lincoln, Mamadu Cande; Thiago Santana, Bruno Schettine
Braga are in a good form after a huge performance against Besiktas away from home, as well as a good win in Algarve against Portimonense in their last Portuguese League fixture.
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