Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Konyaspor have been struggling to find their best form in the Europa League this season. Following a 1-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk the Turkish team were beaten by Gent (0-2) in their second group game and, no doubt, they are eager to put an end to their goalless run. Konyaspor face Sporting Braga in Thursday’s football match at Konya Buyuksehir Torku Arena and we predict that the rock-bottom team will go all guns blazing at their rivals this time out. Braga suffered a 2-0 loss to ten-man Shakhtar Donetsk in their second group game and seeing that the Portuguese team struggle on the travels, home win appears on the cards. Konyaspor have suffered only one loss in the Turkish Super Lig this season and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for Sporting Braga. Bulgarian international Dimitar Rangelov is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Marko Bakic):
Marko Bakic began his senior career at Mogren, playing 33 league games for the club between 2010 and 2012. On 30 August, 2012 he signed a two-year deal with Serie A team Torino and he made his debut with the club on May, 19 in a 2-2 draw against Catania. The Montenegro international, who was born in Budva on 1 November, 1993, then moved to Fiorentina, but he made no more than three league appearances with the Viola from 2013 to 2016. After ending his loan spells with Spezia and Belenenses, he moved to Braga in 2016, penning a five-year contract. On 15 August, 2012 Marko Bakic made his Montenegro debut against Latvia at the age of 18. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Marko Bakic made his Braga debut against Vitoria Guimaraes, replacing Rafa Silva in the second half of the match. Os Minhotos recorded a 1-0 win over Guimaraes back then.
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.