Friday 28 Dec

Setubal VS Braga - MATCH PREVIEW

28 Dec 2018 Ed Mackey PORTUGAL: League Cup, Phase 1, Gr. B
PORTUGAL: League Cup, Phase 1, Gr. B

Vitoria Setubal

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L


19:00 GMT
28 December 2018

Sporting Braga

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

19:00 GMT 28 December 2018

The Portuguese top flight might not return until the week but Friday brings League Cup action and Champions League hopefuls Braga are hoping to get Setubal in the third round.


  • Setubal have been far from inspiring in the league this season but they will be safe from relegation as they sit 11th. They got to the last 16 of the Taca de Portugal but were beaten by their upcoming opponents who they must beat in the League Cup to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages. They lost the previous meeting along with a draw with Nacional and a loss against Tondela.
  • Braga have put together some really strong form in the league and sit 4th just six points away from Porto who are currently top. They have been strong in both cups so far, advancing to the quarter-final in the Taca de Portugal while maintaining a 100% record in the League Cup where they have beaten both Tondela and Nacional.
  • Frederic Mendy and Hildeberto Pereira are Setubal’s leading scorers this season with three goals each in all competitions.
  • Dyego Sousa is the standout goalscorer in the Primeira Liga as the Braga striker has 11 goals making him the division’s leading scorer.


Braga have dominated the recent meetings between these sides and Setubal have won just one of their last 24 matches against them. The last fixture which came a week and a half ago in the other cup competition ended 1-0 to Braga even though they had been reduced to 10 men. There have been over 2.5 goals in just two of the last five whilst both teams have managed goals in three of them.


As mentioned, they must win if they are to enhance their chances of progression to the next round of the League Cup against a strong side. They are expected to be without Nuno Pinto and Luis Felipe.

Latest matches: Vitoria Setubal

22.12.2018 Prim Vitoria Setubal CD Santa Clara 0:2 L
18.12.2018 Taca Vitoria Setubal Sporting Braga 0:1 L
14.12.2018 Prim Portimonense SC Vitoria Setubal 3:1 L
08.12.2018 Prim Vitoria Setubal Benfica Lisbon 0:1 L
01.12.2018 Prim CS Maritimo Madeira Vitoria Setubal 0:1 W


Their place in the next round looks to be secure but they won’t want to take their feet off the gas and will want to extend the winning run. They must do that with Matheus Lima and Xhada.

Latest matches: Sporting Braga

23.12.2018 Prim Benfica Lisbon Sporting Braga 6:2 L
18.12.2018 Taca Vitoria Setubal Sporting Braga 0:1 W
14.12.2018 Prim Sporting Braga CD Feirense 4:0 W
08.12.2018 Prim CD Tondela Sporting Braga 0:1 W
01.12.2018 Prim Sporting Braga Moreirense FC 2:0 W


Despite being away from home, Braga go into the match as favourites and should come away with the win at a very good price. Backing under 2.5 goals in the match looks like it might bring reward as well as a visitors win to nil.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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