Braga take on the visitors Ludogorets at “Estadio Municipal de Braga” in the matchday three of the UEFA Europa League Group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, October 19th.
Braga come up to the Eurocup battle with seven-clash unbeaten run, having earned six triumphs and single draw during that period. The winning series of the Portuguese count for four encounters with 13:4 aggregated score. After eight rounds played in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Braga occupy the fifth place of the standings with 15 points gained and 15-9 goal difference. The Portuguese club picked up six points in two matches within the UEFA Europa League after 2:1 victory over Hoffenheim and 2:1 win over Basaksehir, leading in Group C. Braga got five triumphs, single draw and one loss in seven games at their own turf in this season.
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In their turn, Ludogorets come up to their visit to Portugal with 18-match undefeated streak. Starting from the 29th of July the team gained 11 wins and seven draws in all the tournaments. With 12 encounters played in the Bulgarian Parva Liga, Ludogorets stay on the top of the table with 30 points earned and 27-6 goal difference. The Bulgarian side is sitting on the second place in Group C of the UEFA Europa League with four points taken and 2-1 goal difference, having got 0:0 draw against Basaksehir and 2:1 victory over Hoffenheim. Ludogorets gained six wins, four draws and two losses in 12 clashes on the road in this season. The team comes up to the fight in Portugal with nine-game unbeaten series at away grounds.
The forthcoming encounter will be the first head-to-head between the rivals. Both of them are in a good form now, therefore, it is going to be an exciting battle and I believe that the Portuguese will pick up points in it as the hosts and the group leader.
Prediction for the match: Braga to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.