Malmo take on the visitors Braga in the round 1 match of UEFA Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 8th at Eleda Stadion (Malmö).
Malmö failed to repeat last year's successes. The Sky Blues are generally regarded as one of the best clubs in Swedish football. And they confirmed this in recent years, holding the championship title. Moreover, last autumn it was possible to play in the group stage of the Champions League, however, there it was not even possible to really compete for 3rd place in the quartet. But that was under Jon-Dal Tomasson, and the Dane is now coaching in England. Without him, the team seriously sank in Allsvenskan, and in the Champions League qualification, having hard passed Vikingur Reykjavik, the Scandinavians lost to Zalgiris. But in the Europa League, it turned out to consistently knock out both Dudelange from Luxembourg and Turkish Sivasspor.
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Braga remains the 4th power in Portugal. "Archbishops" in 2010s were the vice-champion of the country twice, in 2020 it turned out to take the "bronze". But still, as a rule, the team occupies a niche already familiar to itself: under the trio of giants from Porto, Sporting and Benfica, but above all the rest. It was the same last season, when the 4th place was again taken - at a serious distance from both "neighbors" from the table. The new season began with a spectacular 3-3 draw with Sporting Lisbon, after which, with the weaker ones, the team led by Artur Jorge played to win. But, of course, it is important to prove yourself in the Europa League. In the last draw, the Portuguese managed not only to get out of the group, but already in the playoffs they knocked out not only the Sheriff, but also the status Monaco. And only in the quarterfinals Braga flew out, losing to the Rangers. And at first they won at home, but then lost 1-3 to Glasgow.
Malmö is still not particularly highly rated in the international arena, and only occasionally showed something in the group, autumn rounds of European cups. So the Swedes are taking Braga for the first time. Malmo does not look like a strong opponent now, and in 2021 it didn’t particularly shine. We recommend betting on the victory of an experienced Braga with a "zero" handicap.
Prediction for the match: Braga to win with 0.0 handicap.