Our football match prediction:
Despite failing to impress in the two-legged tie against Hafnarfjordur Braga booked their place in the group stages of the Europa League. The Primeira Liga side will face the likes of Hoffenheim, Istanbul and Ludogorets in their group and they kick off their Europa League campaign with a match against the Bundesliga side. Braga are tough to beat at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the Portuguese side this time out. Hoffenheim coach, on the other hand, has a number of top-class players to choose from and we predict that the Germans are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. In their first home game of the season Hoffenheim defeated Werder Bremen and they are definitely capable of beating Braga in front of home fans.
Highlighted Player (Oliver Baumann):
Oliver Baumann is a German goalkeeper who was born on 2 June, 1990 in Breisach. The 187-cm-tall shoot-stopper began his youth career at FC Bad Krozingen and in 2002 he joined Freiburg youth school. He started playing for Freiburg II at senior level and he made 22 appearances for the team in the 2009/2010 season. After making 131 appearances for the first team, he signed a four-year deal with Hoffenheim on 14 May, 2014. Oliver Baumann played for Germany U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams and it has to be noted that he has 10 caps for the U21 team. However, he has yet to represent the senior team on the international stage. It has to be noted that Baumann made 33 league appearances for Hoffenheim in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, conceding 50 goals in the process. The German goalkeeper managed to keep six clean sheets in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign. He has a contract with die Kraichgauer which expires on 30 June, 2018.
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.