Our football match prediction:
Sporting Braga were struggling to find their form in the last season finale and, as a result, they finished the 2016/2017 Primeira Liga campaign in 5th position in the standings. Os Minhotos failed to book their place in the Champions League, but they will represent Portugal in the Europa league qualifiers and they are definitely capable of recording a good result in the European competitions. Braga take on AIK of Sweden in the third qualifying round and that team’s main goal is to score an away goal in Thursday’s football match at Friends Arena. AIK, though, are enjoying a very successful season and they sit in second place in the Allsvenskan standings after 15 rounds. The Swedish side are unbeaten in previous seven games in all competitions and we predict that they are going to hold Braga to a draw in the first leg. A man to watch in the home team will be Henok Goitom, who scored in a 2-0 win over Zeljeznicar in round 2.
Highlighted Player (Ahmed Hassan):
After spending four seasons at Braga, Ahmed Hassan “Koka” joined Braga in 2015, signing a five-year deal with the Portuguese outfit. The Egyptian striker, who was born in Cairo on 5 March, 1993 made 23 league appearances for Braga in the 2015/2016 season, scoring 10 goals in the Primeira Liga. Ahmed Hassan won Taca de Portugal with Os Minhotos in 2016 and he started the title game against Porto. Braga defeated the Portuguese giants on penalties in the cup final. Speaking of his international career, “Koka” won the African U20 Championship with Egypt and he made his full international debut with the first team on 14 August, 2013 in a 3-0 win over Uganda. Ahmed Hassan found the net on his debut for the Egyptian national team. He has a contract with Braga which expires on 30 June, 2020. His highest market value was £4.25 million on February 24, 2016. Ahmed Hassan began his youth career at Al Ahly.
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.