Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Following a heavy 4-1 loss to Porto, Braga will look to get back on course when they face Royale Union in the Europa League round 3. The Reds aim to keep their 100% record in Group D intact, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. All Gomez, Djalo, and Ruiz are pushing for recalls to the starting XI, but Artur Jorge has no fresh injury worries.
The Belgians, on the other hand, proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Union Berlin and Malmo, but beating Braga in Portugal is easier said than done. Considering that the Reds have been impressive at home ground this season, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from the match. Both Eckert Ayensa and Machida missed Royale Union’s 3-0 win at Leuven, and the duo is unlikely to feature against Braga.
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.