Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on King Power Stadium when Leicester City and Sporting Braga face each other in the Group G derby. Both teams aim to keep their 100% record intact in the Europa League group stages, but the Foxes are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Brendan Rodgers obviously takes the Europa League games seriously as he fielded the best possible side against AEK.
Leicester City are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they can’t afford any complacency in their third group game. The Primeira Liga outfit, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over AEK and Zorya. Braga are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Brendan Rodgers’ troops.
Highlighted Player (Youri Tielemans):
Youri Tielemans is a product of Anderlecht football academy. The prolific midfielder was born on May 7, 1997 in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and he is regarded as one of the most talented Belgian players. Tielemans signed his first professional contract with Anderlecht at the age of 16 and in 2013 he made his first-team debut for the club.
The Belgian starlet came as a substitute in a 3-2 loss to Lokeren in the national championship. Youri Tielemans was making progress week by week and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. The 176-cm-tall footballer scored 26 goals in 139 appearances in the league for Anderlecht and in 2017 he signed a five-year deal with Ligue 1 side Monaco.
Tielemans joined les Rouges et Blancs for a fee of around €25 million. Speaking of his international career, the Monaco midfielder made his senior debut for Belgium in a 1-1 draw with Netherlands (9.9.2016.). He came as a substitute ten minutes before the final whistle, replacing Steven Defour.
Highlighted Team (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.