Football Prediction: Braga – Zorya – Europa League Qualification – 16-05-2018

Braga – Zorya was a really unbalanced game but the Ukrainian side made the most of it and managed to take a draw in the first leg. Now it ill be much harder in Portugal but they have the fighting spirit and maybe they can produce a big surprise. The game will start at 21:30 and it will take place on Estádio Municipal de Braga in Braga, Portugal.

Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Thór Orrason (ISL)

Braga had a rBraga (Por)eally easy job in my opinion on paper against a team like Zorya but it seemed that they couldn’t take control of the game at all. It was a balanced affair all the way and in the end the hosts were the ones to have more chances in the game. The visitors opened the score in that one but they were equalized really fast and that was their purpose in my opinion. Now at home Braga are a big force and they proved that with a win in the weekend with 4-2 against Nacional. Abel Ferreira’s team will have the support of the fans in this one and the away goal advantage, and I cant see Zorya making a surprise here.

Zorya took a reZorya (Ukr)ally good result from the first game as they were down in the 69th minute. After just 3 minutes it was 1-1 and Zorya kept fighting but that was the final result. The visitors from this one were never favorites and it’s a surprise that they managed to achieve a draw in the first place. They just have started the Championship in Ukraine and they don’t shine at the moment. Yuriy Vernydub’s team have 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 lost game since then. Last time out they won away from home keeping a clean sheet as well against Karpaty and now I cant see them winning against a top team like Braga.

Braga – Zorya: Head-to-Head

09.08.18 EL Zorya Braga 1 : 1

Braga – Zorya: Prediction

I expect Braga to dominate this game and don’t let the visitors to create chances at all. They are a force at home and they proved it in their last game. Even though they conceded 2 goals I don’t think they will be sloppy in the defensive part in such an important game. I fancy them to score 3 goals and that will be the way to go in this one for a good value bet. The hosts are unbeaten for 10 straight game and now its not the time to break that streak. Last time they lost in a competitive game was in May and it was against Rio Ave away from home.

Prediction: Braga over 1.5 goals, Odds: 1.50

Stake: 10 units

Secondary Prediction: Braga over 2.5 goals, Odds: 2.50

Stake: 7 units

Mihai Fulop

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