Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Gent have been struggling at the back in the Europa League of late. The Buffalos head into Thursday’s football match against Braga following back-to-back defeats to Shakhtar Donetsk and it has to be noted that the Belgian outfit conceded 10 goals in those games. Gent are just one point behind Braga in Group H and we predict that the hosts will go all guns blazing at the Portuguese team on Thursday evening. The Buffalos defeated Konyaspor in their first home game in the process and we would not be surprised if the hosts pick up all three points from Thursday’s clash. Braga failed to impress in a 2-1 win over Konyaspor in their last group match and seeing that the Os Minhotos often struggle on the travels, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed. When the two sides met in Portugal earlier in the process they played out a 1-1 draw.
Highlighted Player (Jacob Rinne):
Jacob Rinne is a Swedish goalkeeper who plays for Belgium side Gent. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper played 73 league games for BK Forward before joining Orebro SK in 2013. After spending three years at the club he moved to Belgium in 2016, signing a deal with Gent. Jacob Rinne has one cap for Sweden U19 and he made three appearances for the U21 team.
He made his debut for the first team on 10 January, 2016 in a 3-0 win over Finland. The match was played at Armed Forces Stadium in Abu Dabi and Jacob Rinne came as a substitute in the second half of the game. He managed to keep a clean sheet on his debut for the Swedish national team, but he failed to make the Euro 2016 squad.
Rinne won the UEFA European U21 Championship with Sweden and that is considered the biggest achievement of his career. The Gent goalkeeper was born in Laxa, Sweden on 20 June, 1993.
Highlighted Team (Sporting Braga):
Braga are a Portuguese club that have always been in the shadow of Primeira Liga giants Porto, Benfica and Sporting. Os Minhotos were founded on 19 January, 1921 and they originally played in green and white kits. After the World War II they changed their kits to red and they have been wearing red shirts and white shorts ever since.
Braga play their home games at Estadio Municipal de Braga, the stadium that was opened in December, 2003. Os Minhotos have yet to win the Primeira Liga title, but they finished the 2009/2010 campaign in second position in the standings, just five points behind champions Benfica.
In 2011 Braga participated in the Europa League final, but fellow Portuguese outfit Porto proved to be a big catch for Os Minhotos. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. Vitoria de Guimaraes are considered Braga’s bitter rivals and the two teams face each other in the Minho derby.