Braga will take on Monaco’s Alexandre Golovin in the first leg of the Europa League 1/8 final in Portugal. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet download app.
After six rounds of the group stage of the continent’s second most important club tournament, Carlos Carvalhal’s side have 10 points to reach the play-offs from 2nd place in quartet F. In the 1/16 finals, Braga experienced great difficulties against Moldova’s Sheriff. In Tiraspol, the club from Transdniestria took a 2-0 lead. In the return leg, the Red-Whites managed to erase the deficit of 2 goals thanks to Medeiros and Orta and put the game into overtime. The extra 30 minutes did not reveal the winner, with the hosts 2-2 (3-2 on penalties).
After 26 rounds of the Portuguese championship, Braga are sitting in the top four with 46 points. The gap from 3rd place is 11 points, the handicap to the nearest pursuer is 4. At home, Carvalhal’s side have not lost in four games. After beating Pasos de Ferreira 2-1 at home and Tondela 1-0 away, the Red and Whites drew twice – 0-0 at home to Santa Clara and 1-1 away to Boavista last Saturday.
Braga forward Horta is in superb form, with 5 goals in six recent encounters.
The Portuguese have won just 1 of their previous 4 Europa League encounters (2 defeats, 1 draw). Braga are unbeaten in their current fixture, with 3 wins and 1 draw.
The Red-Whites have not lost in any of their UEFA Europa League group stage matches (3 wins, 3 defeats) and with 12 points directly qualified for the 1/8 finals from 1st place in the B quartet. Monaco left the formidable Real Sociedad and PSV behind.
The Monegasques crashed out of the French Cup last week, losing in the semi-finals to Nantes in a penalty shoot-out 2-2 (2-4 on penalties). Last Sunday, Philippe Clement’s side broke their four-match unbeaten run and secured a 1-0 win away to Ligue 1 leaders Marseille. The winning goal was scored by Jelson Martins (2, Rus). Following 27 rounds of the domestic championship, Monaco are sitting in eighth place with 41 points. The entire battle for entry to the European competitions is ahead – the gap from 5th place has been reduced to 3 points.
In the current Europa League season, Clement’s charges have not lost – 1 win and 2 draws. The Monegasques have not scored more than 1 goal in 6 of their last 7 matches in the continent’s second most important club competition.
Previously, the rivals’ tournament paths have not crossed in official matches. In July 2019, Braga and Monaco played a friendly that ended in a zero draw.
Braga vs Monaco
In the 1/16 finals of the Europa League, the hosts barely overcame the barrier in the form of Moldovan Sheriff. Monaco are a far more serious and distinguished opponent. The transfer fee of the visitors’ players is more than 3 times higher than that of the Portuguese club. Clement’s side rarely play away. Last weekend, thanks to a solid away defence, Monaco achieved a narrow victory over Marseille, who are vastly superior to Braga. We believe that in the upcoming game, the Monegasques will not take any chances and will once again play from defence. It will be extremely difficult for the hosts to count on more than 1 goal against the French championship bronze medalist. Our prediction is an individual Braga total under 1.5.