2020-21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage: Braga vs Leicester

Braga welcomes Leicester City to Estadio Municipal in a huge top of Group G clash in 2020-21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage.

Victory would see Braga move level on nine points with Leicester with two matches left in Group G whilst a win would see Leicester move onto the verge of qualification unless they take three points and AEK Athens fail to beat Zorya Luhansk elsewhere.

 

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Braga have no reported fresh injury concerns but David Carmo is ruled out through suspension after collecting his third yellow card of the competition at the King Power Stadium earlier this month.

Leicester could welcome Timothy Castagne back after the Belgian missed their defeat at Liverpool on Sunday with a “twinge” of his recent hamstring injury but it is expected that Rogers will rest him here, in order to ensure full fitness for a hectic December schedule.

Ricardo Pereira (knee), Caglar Soyuncu (muscle) and Wilfred Ndidi (adductor) won’t be available until early December whilst Daniel Amartey (hamstring) remains sidelined indefinitely.

 

Stat Attack

  • Braga lost their only previous meeting against Leicester which came at the King Power Stadium earlier this month, as the Foxes ran out 4-0 winners.
  • Leicester lost their only previous away trip against Portuguese opposition, losing 5-0 at Porto in December 2016 although they had already secured qualification by that point.
  • Braga are unbeaten in five of nine previous home matches against English opposition (W4, D1, L4).

 

Prediction

After Sunday’s messy performance against an under-strength Liverpool team, Leicester have to hit back here and show that their shambles were simply an one-off and with the opportunity to seal qualification against their hardest opponents in this group, I expect them to come out fighting because they could make their life much easier through December if get qualification done now.

Braga however have been difficult to beat at home for English competition with just two losses in seven meetings this decade (W4, D1, L2), but Braga must raise their game if want a win after a shambolic showing at the Foxes earlier this month.

Goals therefore should be a good bet but given Leicester’s confident Europa League form this season and the opportunity to clinch their knockout place, I am going for a late away win if they can considerably improve their defending from Sunday’s disaster.

Prediction: Braga 1-2 Leicester

Result: Braga 3-3 Leicester

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