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Feb 12, 2022 at 3.30pm UK
Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira
Horta (67', 90')
Horta (45'), Buta (56'), Horta (64'), Castro (90+3')
Horta (71')
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Antunes (45+1')
Uilton (40'), Baixinho (66')

Preview: Braga vs. Pacos de Ferreira - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Braga vs. Pacos de Ferreira - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Primeira Liga clash between Braga and Pacos de Ferreira, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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On a run of four draws on the trot in the Primeira Liga, Pacos de Ferreira square off against Braga at the Estadio Braga Municipal on Saturday.

The Pacenses will head into the game seeking to get one over the hosts, having failed to win any of the last four meetings between the sides since January 2021.

Match preview

Braga were denied their third win on the bounce last Saturday when they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Vitoria de Guimaraes at the Dom Afonso Henriques.

In a game where Alfa Semedo received his marching orders, Oscar Estupinan and substitute Nelson Luz scored either side of Vitor Oliveira's 48th-minute equaliser to hand the hosts all three points.

Prior to that, Carlos Carvalhal's men ended their two-game winless run courtesy of a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Sporting Lisbon on January 22 before securing a 2-0 win over Moreirense eight days later.

Braga, who have struggled for consistency for most of the season, head into Saturday's game with two wins from their five league games, losing two and claiming one draw in that time.

With 38 points from 21 games, Os Arcebispos are currently fourth in the Primeira Liga standings, four points above Gil Vicente in the final Conference League qualification spot.

Pacos de Ferreira, on the other hand, were involved in a share of the spoils once again as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Portimonense at the Estadio Capital do Movel last time out.

After holding onto a one-goal lead for most of the game courtesy of Lucas Possignolo's 15th-minute own goal, debutant Welinton Junior came up trumps for the visitors as he restored parity in the 91st minute.

Cesar Peixoto's men have now failed to win any of their last five league games since a 2-1 win over Santa Clara in the final game of 2021, falling to a 2-0 defeat against Benfica on January 9 before settling for a share of the spoils in their subsequent four games.

With 21 points from 21 games, Pacos de Ferreira are currently 12th in the league standings, but could leapfrog Vizela and Santa Clara and rise into the top half of the table with all three points on Saturday.

However, standing in their way is an opposing side who they have failed to defeat in each of the last four meetings between the sides, while picking up just one win from their last seven meetings since 2019.

Braga Primeira Liga form:
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

Pacos de Ferreira Primeira Liga form:
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • D

Team News

Carvalhal remains unable to call upon the services of 31-year-old defender Nuno Sequeira, who picked up a knee injury in November's 6-1 defeat against Benfica.

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Minero is set to sit out his fourth consecutive game after sustaining a muscle problem in the game against Maritimo back in January.

Another name on the club's injury list is 22-year-old defender David Carmo, who has been out of action for over a year through a severe knee injury.

Pacos de Ferreira, on the other, will take to the pitch without defender Joao Vigario, who has been sidelined since last August after sustaining a severe knee problem.

Fellow countryman Joao Silva is also out of contention for the Pacenses as he continues his spell on the sidelines after also sustaining a muscle problem back in August.

Brazilian defender Flavio will also play no part in Saturday's game after sustaining an injury in the game against Maritimo back in November.

Braga possible starting lineup:
Matheus; Tormena, P Oliveira, Leite; Silva, Castro, Moura, Al Musrati; V Oliveira, R Horta, Ruiz

Pacos de Ferreira possible starting lineup:
Ferreira; Antunes, Lima, Baixinho, Delgado; Carlos, Pires; Uliton, Uilton, Santos; Denilson

We say: Braga 2-0 Pacos de Ferreira

Braga have struggled for consistency this season and this has been a major cause of concern for manager Carvalhal, whose side have won three and lost three of their last seven games. However, they will fancy their chances against a struggling Pacos de Ferreira side who are without a win in any of their last five games. We predict a thrilling contest on Saturday with the hosts coming out victorious.

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