Our match prediction:
L’viv Arena will host Thursday’s Europa League match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Sporting Braga. The Miners are eager to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against the Portuguese outfit, but the hosts will have to be at their sharpest if they are to make it to the Europa League semis. Braga recorded a 2-1 win over Shakhtar in the first leg, but it is well known that Paulo Fonseca’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Os Minhotos often struggle on the travels and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the Ukrainian outfit this time out. Mircea Lucescu’s men outplayed the likes of Schalke and Anderlecht in previous two rounds in the Europa League knockout stages and we predict that the hosts will get their job done in Thursday’s football game. You should have in mind that Shakhtar suffered only one loss in previous 13 home games in the Europa League.