Hoffenheim take on the visitors Braga at "Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena" in the matchday one of the UEFA Europa League Group stage. The game will be played in Sinsheim on Thursday, September 14th.
Hoffenheim have already been beaten in the Eurocups this season, having been knocked out from the Qualifying stage of the UEFA Champions League after 1:2, 2:4 defeats to Liverpool. Nevertheless, results of Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the Bundesliga demonstrate that the team hasn't become weaker that it was last season. 2:0 victory over Bayern Munich with two goals scored by Mark Uth last Saturday is a good evidence of it. "Die Kraichgauer" always play strong at their home field and failed very rarely there as starting from the 25th of September 2016 Hoffenheim lost only one single fight to Liverpool in the summer Qualifying campaign of the UEFA Champions League in face of their supporters.
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Braga started the new season on the 27th of July in the Qualifying round to the UEFA Europa League where the Portuguese have passed through AIK 1:1, 2:1 and Hafnarfjordur 2:1, 3:2. However, the team is doing not so well in the Primeira Liga where Braga occupy only the ninth place in the table with six points earned and 5-7 goal difference after five matchdays. The side gained three victories and two defeats in five away clashes of this season.
These Germans and the Portuguese have never met before. I believe that Hoffenheim will play their best in the Eurocups as this is the team's debut on such level and it's natural that it wants to show its best.
Prediction for the match: Hoffenheim to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.