Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Braga will be aiming to make amends for an unexpected 2-1 loss to Braga when they take on Midtjylland in their second group game. The Primeira Liga outfit produce much better showings at home than on the travels, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win Thursday’s match. In their last home game in the national championship Braga defeated Tondela 3-1. Keep in mind, though, that key attacker Abel Ruiz misses the Midtjylland clash through injury.
The Danes, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Ludogorets in their first group game. Midtjylland are on a three-game winning run in the national championship, and seeing that Abel Ruiz should be sorely missed for the hosts, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Evander returns from a domestic ban for the visitors, while both Cajuste and Lossl are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Ricardo Horta):
Ricardo Horta is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting Braga in Primeira Liga. Born in Sobreda, Portugal, on September 15, 1994, Ricardo Horta spent his youth career at Ginasio Corroios, Benfica, and Vitoria Setubal.
The 173-cm-tall winger continued playing for Setubal at the senior level, but he moved to Malaga in the summer of 2014, signing a five-year deal with the La Liga outfit. Ricardo Horta scored only one goal in 48 appearances for los Boquerones in the Spanish top flight before signing a loan deal with Braga. In July 2017, he signed a permanent contract with the Minhotos.
Ricardo Horta made his Primeira Liga debut against Rio Ave back in April 2013, during his spell with Vitoria Setubal. His primary position is left winger, but he is capable of producing good performances as a right winger as well. He made his Portugal debut in a 1-0 loss to Albania in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Midtjylland):
Despite being founded on February 2, 1999, FC Midtjylland is considered one of the best Danish clubs. The Wolves have quickly established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Superliga, with the team clinching their first league title in the 2014/15 season.
Three seasons later Midtjylland repeated the success, with the team finishing the process four points clear of second-place Brondby. In the 2019/20 season the Wolves won their third domestic trophy, leaving Danish giants Copenhagen in the second place. Midtjylland welcome their rivals at MCH Arena, the venue which can hold up to 11,432 people.
In the 2020/21 season the Wolves did well to book their place in the Champions League group stages, with the team being grouped with the likes of Liverpool, Ajax, and Atalanta. Midtjylland are well known for their excellent scouting system, with a number of young and talented players from Africa joining the club year by year.