Our football match prediction:
Estadio Municipal de Braga will host the match between Sporting Braga and Konyaspor. The Reds recorded back-to-back wins over the likes of Chaves and Belenenses in previous two league fixtures and, as a result, they climbed to third place in the Primeira Liga standings. Nonetheless, Braga have yet to record a win in the Europa League group stages this term, but Thursday’s football match against Konyaspor could be the turning point for Jose Peseiro’s men. Only a win counts for the hosts this time out and we predict that they will leave their hearts on the field. Konyaspor are eyeing their first win in Group H as well, but seeing that they failed to score in three of their previous four away matches in the Europa League, we are not tempted to put our money on the underdogs in this one. Braga desperately need a win and we believe that they will get one.
Highlighted Player (Ahmed Hassan):
After spending four seasons at Braga, Ahmed Hassan “Koka” joined Braga in 2015, signing a five-year deal with the Portuguese outfit. The Egyptian striker, who was born in Cairo on 5 March, 1993 made 23 league appearances for Braga in the 2015/2016 season, scoring 10 goals in the Primeira Liga. Ahmed Hassan won Taca de Portugal with Os Minhotos in 2016 and he started the title game against Porto. Braga defeated the Portuguese giants on penalties in the cup final. Speaking of his international career, “Koka” won the African U20 Championship with Egypt and he made his full international debut with the first team on 14 August, 2013 in a 3-0 win over Uganda. Ahmed Hassan found the net on his debut for the Egyptian national team. He has a contract with Braga which expires on 30 June, 2020. His highest market value was £4.25 million on February 24, 2016. Ahmed Hassan began his youth career at Al Ahly.
Highlighted Team (Konyaspor):
Konyaspor are a Turkish football club that was founded in 1922 and reformed in 1981. The Anatolian Eagle play their home games in green and white shirts and white shorts, with the team wearing green kits on the travels. Konyaspor play their home games at Torku Arena Konya and the capacity of the stadium is 42 276 and is totally covered. It has to be noted that club secure promotion to the Turkish top flight in 1988 after winning the TFF First League. Konyaspor finished the 2015/2016 Turkish Super Lig in third place in the standings, 13 points behind champions Besiktas and they secured automatic qualification to the Europa League group stages. The Torku Arena Konya outfit were drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Gent and Sporting Braga in Group H. The Turkish team, though, failed to impress in their first ever match in the European competition as they were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk (0-1) at home ground.