Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Stade Louis II will host the Europa League encounter between Monaco and Braga. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Strasbourg, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Braga. Both Diatta and Fabregas should miss out with injuries, while Ben Yedder is widely expected to return to Monaco’s starting XI. Anyhow, Philippe Clement’s men need a big win in the second leg as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Braga in Portugal.
The visitors, on the other hand, aim to defend their two-goal lead in France, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we are tempted to put our money on the Ligue 1 side. The likes of Fernandes, Gorby, and Sequeira should miss out with injuries for the visiting side, while Abel Ruiz is pushing for a start.
Highlighted Player (Cesc Fabregas):
Born in Arenys de Mar on 4 May, 1987, Cesc Fabregas began his football career at Mataro. After spending two years at Mataro, Cesc joined Barcelona in 1997 and six years later the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Arsenal. Fabregas played for Arsenal for eight years (2003-2011) and in 2011 he turned his dream into reality and returned to Barca.
In 2014 the 29-year-old footballer joined Premier League side Chelsea. Fabregas won the 2012/2013 La Liga title with Barcelona, while lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy with Chelsea. Cesc did not win the Premier League title with Arsenal, but he helped the capital club lift the FA Cup trophy in 2005.
On the other hand, the Chelsea midfielder recorded much better results with the Spain national team as he won the European Championship trophy in 2008 and 2012, while winning the FIFA World Cup title in 2010. Fabregas made his debut for la Roja in March, 2006.
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.